If you’ve been on College Avenue recently, you may have noticed quite a bit of progress on the future home of Ozark Natural Foods at the corner of Lafayette Street in Fayetteville.
Co-op officials on Tuesday announced the store will officially make its move next month. The plan is to close the store on May 22 and reopen in the new location within a week or so.
Food distributors UNFI and NCG (a co-op support network) will assist with the move.
The new facility will include a new entrance at the northwest corner of the building facing College Avenue, a large, covered outdoor seating area along the street, and other amenities.
Aside from the patio, general manager Mike Anzalone told us last year the new store will showcase a taproom with exclusively local and regional beers, an expanded prepared food area and a coffee shop featuring Onyx Coffee.
The new building was built with sustainability in mind, and will feature LED lighting, solar tubes throuhout the store, a hot water reclamation system for the refrigeration rack, among others.
In addition, co-op officials announced plans to soon offer curbside pickup and delivery options through Mercato; an eCommerce platform focused on helping Co-Ops and independent grocers sell groceries online.
The co-op had previously announced plans to host a grand opening celebration with music and more once the new store opened, but concerns around COVID-19 will likely postpone those festivities until a later date.
See some photos of the progress on the new location below.
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Construction photos of the new Co-op