Bustling Wedge Co-op will spread out to Eat Street

  • Article by: Rick Nelson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 6:04 AM

Its new facility at 24th Street and Nicollet in Minneapolis, opening late this year, will include a cafe and a “natural foods bodega.”

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tuli2009Jan. 2, 14 7:43 AM

I hope the Wedge will consider bicycle product transport between the two locations, the way the Peace Coffee company successfully does over a much larger area. It would also be responsible to offer a transit/pedestrian/bike discount the way a lot of co-ops do with bringing your own bags. The Wedge parking situation is really dangerous for pedestrians and clogs up the area, though they certainly have a lot of pedestrian and bike traffic come in as well. Hopefully, the new site will be more manageable in that way.

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viledrivvelJan. 2, 14 9:13 AM

While not expanding, the new Wirth Community Coop in North Minneapolis will likely be opening 2014. I would love to see media coverage of the effort to bring healthy food to this area. Currently, there's no such food stores West or North of Minneapolis.

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ohyoubetchaJan. 2, 1410:01 AM

Right next to that McDonald's on the corner, well played Wedge, well played.

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essdee09Jan. 2, 1410:14 AM

In St. Paul, Mississippi Market also is expanding to a third location, across from Metro State University. It's a very promising thing. People in the Twin Cities metro area have no idea how well they are served by coops compared to most of the rest of the country.

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fatredneckJan. 2, 1410:27 AM

tuli2009, Why bother with bike delivery when much of their food must be by law delivered in refrigerated trucks? I suppose it would work if food was like coffee and they only needed to transport a few bins of granola. If they want to compete next to McDonalds, they'll need to make something satisfying like Møøse Burgers with Bacon and Jarlsberg

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downtownfunJan. 2, 1410:58 AM

It's only a matter of time until that eye sore that is "family dollar" is tore down and something wonderful is put in it's place too which will help out that area in spades.

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phmelodeeJan. 2, 1410:59 AM

I would like to hear some more information about how The Wedge came to be replacing a Vietnamese grocery store. That to me is bigger news than yet another co-op expanding. I am concerned that Eat Street will continue to add more white-owned businesses while the places that make Eat Street what it is (people NOT from the U.S.), will slowly be kicked out. In response to the McD's neighbor: remember some people cannot afford but to eat at those places. I am skeptical that The Wedge will be a low price alternative to McDs

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tuli2009Jan. 2, 1412:11 PM

fatredneck - you have a point about refrigeration. Not sure if it's an option considering that.

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ZombiehunterJan. 2, 1412:28 PM

Phmelodee, as a rule of thumb, organic food from a co-op costs about 10% more than buying comparable products from a mass retailer like Cub. On the flip side, Americans waste about 30% of their food. Items go bad before they're used and get tossed, the family doesn't want to eat the leftovers, and so on. If people can reduce the food waste at home they stand a much better chance at affording the higher cost of the organic food.

Also keep in mind that if you're buying food from a place like Mac & Don's Supper Club, you are in effect paying someone else to do your cooking for you. If people cook for themselves instead then they've just cut the middleman out of the process and can capture cost previously used to pay someone else to cook. And you can buy better ingredients and make a better burger than Mac & D ever could.

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zinfandeliJan. 3, 14 6:04 AM

Phmelodee's point seems very unpopular. Wonder what that's about. I for, one, agree. And Zombiehunter, that 10% you dismiss so blithely makes a huge difference to the budget of low-income family.

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