Seward Community Co-op opened in 1972 on the corner of 22nd and Franklin avenues, with a core group of volunteers and a small selection of primarily Bulk products. With steady growth through the mid-1990s, Seward Co-op built a new store at 2111 E. Franklin Ave., which was opened in 1998. In 2005, the co-op planned a store expansion. Co-op owners invested $1.5 million into the project–the current Franklin store at 2823 E. Franklin Ave., which opened in 2009. Seward Co-op now has three locations and is owned by a community of more than 20,000 households.