The first retail cooperative grocery store in South Carolina will open this month in Spartanburg. The Hub City Co-Op is scheduled to open at 7 a.m., Friday, at 176 N. Liberty St., with a grand opening scheduled for April 29.
According to the store’s website, the full-service grocery store will add 25 permanent jobs; have 5,000 square feet of retail space; and feature grocery, deli, produce, bulk and wellness departments. Organizers anticipate $2.2 million in sales the first year, according to the website.
The $2.7 million project occupies an 8,000-square-foot building that had been empty for 40 years, according to general manager Garland McQueen.
“We’ve furnished a place in downtown Spartanburg to buy groceries … easily walkable and convenient,” McQueen said. “The co-op is an addition to the downtown revitalization efforts.”
McQueen said the co-op will have an emphasis on healthy food and feature fresh, natural and organic foods.
While co-op memberships are available, a membership is not required to shop.
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