Today, December, 11 2013, the City of St. Paul’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority granted Mississippi Market “tentative developer status”. This means that the city agrees to work exclusively with us in developing the Hospital Linen site on EAST 7th Street and Maple Street, next to Metropolitan State University and across from Swede Hollow Cafe.
While Mississippi Market has not yet purchased the property, we are confident that they will be able to purchase the land, meet all requirements, and build our third store on this site in 2015.
In 2010, a group of East St. Paul residents formed the Gateway Food Co-op with the goal of opening a storefront on St. Paul’s east side. To achieve this goal, they considered the possibilities of either starting a new food co-op, or working with an existing cooperative that would be willing to open a store that would meet the needs of their community. In November 2011, Gail Graham, Mississippi Market’s general manager, met with members of the Gateway Food Co-op steering committee to learn about their wishes for a food co-op in their neighborhood.
Since then, we have conducted a market study of the area, reached out to community groups, and met with business leaders to learn how we can best meet the community’s needs.
Plans for the project include a 11,500 sq ft retail space on East 7th Street and will house a commissary kitchen to support our delis and wholesale operations. Currently we employ 180 people between our two locations and will bring new jobs to the area, furthering our mission of creating positive change in the community by influencing the production, distribution and enjoyment of food.
Visit www.msmarket.coop/newscategories/growth for updates on an East 7th Street store as the project progresses.