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Dubuque Food Co-op generating buzz

Mary Moody is a Dubuque Food Cooperative board member Mary Moody is a Dubuque Food Cooperative board member

Dubuque will be getting its first-ever food cooperative. The store is scheduled to open in October.

The Dubuque Food Cooperative is part of the Historic Millwork District Revitalization project in downtown Dubuque.

Although the store isn't opening until the fall, it's now looking to drum up membership.

Dubuque Food Co-op board member Mary Moody said they already have more than 100 members, but they're looking to hit 1,000 members in the next couple of months.

It will be a full-service grocery store in the southeast corner of the old Caradco building, on the first floor. That's on the corner of Ninth and Washington Streets.

"This new market is going to be a great opportunity for small growers and producers, those who do meats and cheese and vegetables, fruits, berries, honey, maple," Moody said. "Even the beer and wine industry is going to be happy to have another local retailer that's really focusing on local products."

Moody, herself, is a local grower.

"Oh, all sorts of vegetables, and then I'm also a beekeeper," she said.

Moody hopes to sell some of her goods at the store. In fact, she said, it's the Dubuque Food Co-op's goal to get at least 20 percent of its inventory from local sources.

"We have word from lots of small growers and producers that they're just looking to expand markets and welcome another retails place to sell to," Moody said.

She said the project further's Dubuque's mission of sustainability.

The Caradco building renovation includes 72 residential units for tenants.

"We're very hopeful that we'll be accommodating at least some of their grocery shopping needs in a very convenient way," Moody said.

The building construction is well underway.

"As long as we keep at our work plan, I think the October 1 opening date is really doable," Moody said.

The lifelong memberships cost a one-time fee of $100, but people don't have to be members to shop at the Dubuque Food Co-op.

"It's going to be just a wonderful asset for the Dubuque community and the surrounding area," Moody said.

The Dubuque Food Cooperative is hosting a public information meeting Friday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Roshek Building in downtown Dubuque.

For more information, check out the Dubuque Food Co-op's Website and Facebook page.

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