Save North Country Food Co-op’s Parking!
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North Country Food Co-op’s future is in jeopardy. As it stands, the City of Plattsburgh plans to develop the Durkee Street parking lot, and those plans do not include convenient parking for our customers. We need your help! Sign our petition to the city and the State of New York to ensure the co-op has dedicated parking for its customers, so we can continue operating as the city develops the Durkee Street lot.
As a grocery store, we are dependent on close parking for our customers. The majority our customers drive to our store and need to load bags of groceries into their vehicles. For the past three years, we’ve asked the city to account for our parking needs in its plans to develop the lot across the street, and for three years, our requests have fallen on deaf ears. Our parking needs have not been included in any of the city’s plans to date, not even in the city’s most recent parking study, which also notes that Plattsburgh is more car dependent than any city in the region and even more so than the national average.
Parking is integral to the success of food co-ops. Consider this: Troy Community Food Co-op in Troy, NY and South County Food Co-op in Wakefield, RI closed for good in part due to inadequate parking. In Burlington, VT, a city with far more people travelling to businesses by public transit, by bike, and on foot than Plattsburgh, City Market has dedicated parking next to their store that was secured in partnership with the City of Burlington, and there is even a parking garage across the street.
The co-op has been a downtown institution for 44 years and has evolved into a crucial downtown anchor. We’ve always been committed to making downtown a vibrant hub for small businesses and we recently renewed that commitment when we raised $550,000 to renovate and expand our community owned store in honor of our 40th anniversary.
Since our renovation has been completed (with financial assistance from the city and state), our store has grown substantially as more and more community members shop in our beautiful store and sign up to become members. We now have 2,500 members who are all equal owners and have an equal say in the major decisions affecting our co-op.
Now, despite this exciting growth, our future is uncertain. It would be tragic to see our co-op neglected as the city attempts to revitalize its downtown. Please sign this petition to ensure that your co-op can grow and thrive for decades to come!
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