The long awaited, eagerly anticipated Acres Co-op Market will soon be opening its doors. After fourteen months of searching for the right location and looking at thirty-four buildings in the process, the Acres Co-op Market has found a home. The co-op will soon be establishing itself in the retail space and the warehouse space of 217 Warren Street, the former home of Hudson Electrical Supply.
Peter Pehrson, chair of the co-op's board of directors, told Gossips this morning that the co-op has a memorandum of understanding with the owners of 217 Warren Street, Nick and Carrie Haddad, and in forty-five days will sign a lease. In the meantime, the co-op will hold meetings in the building and stage fundraising events there. Pehrson pointed out that the co-op's chosen location is on the site of the General Worth Hotel and said he hoped that Acres Co-op Market will be a center for the community as the General Worth once was. To foster a convivial spirit of community, the co-op plans to have tables with umbrellas outside the market in summer.
To encourage people to walk or cycle to the market, there will bike racks and "hitching posts" for dogs, so dog owners can pick up their groceries while out walking their dogs. Also of interest to dog owners, of which it is well known Gossips is one, Pehrson promises a full water bowl outside the store and organic dog food inside.