Welcome! Durham Co-op Market is a new cooperative grocery store opening on West Chapel Hill Street near downtown (Read more about our location). Durham Co-op Market is community owned, similar to other local co-ops including Weaver Street Market in Carrboro and Deep Roots Market in Greensboro. If you're not an owner, now is a great time to become one! The store will be opening in early 2015.
The co-op will be open to all shoppers, and offer natural, organic, and local food and other products. It will reinvest profits back into the community, practice sustainability, and foster a positive, respectful workplace. We are built by Durham and dedicated to serving Durham. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
We look forward to seeing you at the market!
We'll be posting these aerial photos of the site construction as we receive them monthly from Self-Help. The yellow arrow indicates where the store is going to be (the white house and the lot behind). The house is scheduled to be moved sometime this week. Stay tuned!!
We had a great turnout for the Kent Corner groundbreaking ceremony announcing the official start of construction for the store. Mayor Bill Bell was among the dignitaries in attendance. He called the project “a great thing happening in Durham.” See the fine article in the Durham Herald. http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1401030557/Groundbreaking-for-Kent-Corner
There’s still time to become an owner and and investor in this great thing.
Become and Owner- http://www.durhamcentralmarket.org/owner-form
(Shown in photo from left - Don Moffitt-DCM Project Manager, Pam Campa-DCM Board Member, ErinKauffman- DCM Board Michael Bacon-Founding Member and former DCM Board, Sam Miglarese, Director of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership)
-post by Frank Stasio, DCM Board President
Due to the inclement weather, the groundbreaking will take place inside the Cookery. Time remains 3pm with reception to follow.
Our dream is taking shape. It’s so exciting to see that work is underway on our long-awaited Durham Central Market. And while the earthmovers are already rolling, the official groundbreaking is scheduled for January 6th. We’d love to see you there. It should be a fun event. It’s a great way to mark this important milestone. And it’s a way for those of us on the board to say thank you again for your patient confidence in us and in Durham. Your investment is already paying off. But there’s more to be done. So tell your friends. Encourage them to become members and to invest in the Durham Central Market. Hope to see you at the groundbreaking.
President, DCM Board of Directors.
Self-Help has been working in South West Central Durham with neighborhood organizations such as the Quality of Life Project, the Durham Community Land Trustees, the City of Durham and Duke University for nearly a decade on housing and community development. The collaboration amongst these groups has produced approximately 150 units of high-quality affordable housing for first-time homeowners and renters. Extensive community planning sessions have shaped the Kent Corner redevelopment to help ensure it will enhance the neighborhood.
October and November were very big months for Durham Central Market. We signed the lease with Self-Help (yay!), arranged a loan for $576,000 (yay!) and are nearly finished with store layout (yay!). Self-Help has their site plan approval from the city, and are close to getting their building permit. They've also closed on their financing for the project. Work is now underway at the site; demolition has begun.
As you pass by the site watch for these steps of progress:
Once the house moves, they can start on the site work for the market's location.
On the market side, the board met this past week to visioneer the steps between now and store opening, and established several new committees. The General Manager Hiring Committee has started work, and anticipates having our GM on board in May.
Besides the search for our General Manager the board is focusing on finishing the store design, selecting equipment, raising an additional $200,000 and expanding our base of member/owners!
All in all, it's an exciting time for Durham Central Market!! Stay tuned!
DCM held its 6th Annual Meeting on Sunday, 10/13. It was a great evening of food and community. If you weren't able to join us, you can view the financial information that was presented in the attached pdf file. Exciting things are happening with the new store. We expect to sign our lease with Self-Help before the end of the month, and we should see ground-breaking soon after!