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State’s 1st co-op grocery store to open in Spartanburg

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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.

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture in Greenville and Clayton Construction Co. in Spartanburg provided the architecture and construction services for the project.

Reach Teresa Cutlip at 864-235-5677, ext. 103, or @SCBizTeresa on Twitter.

Reach Teresa Cutlip at 720-1223.

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