– Yelm Co-op looks at Tacoma expansion, as their Co-op closed 6 months ago:
“Cooley [Chrissy Cooley, one of the organizers of Friends of the Co-op] says the Yelm Food Co-op has expressed at least a preliminary openness to expanding to Tacoma, and general manager Barnaby Urich Rintz will be on hand [at a Wednesday meeting] to present a plan on how that might look.
Rintz confirmed the interest late last week. He said the Yelm Food Co-op is in its 10th year of operation and has roughly 800 members. The store operates out of a location with about 2,000 square feet in floor space — or about half the size of Tacoma food co-op’s Sixth Avenue location — and Rintz indicated that a Tacoma location, if one materializes, would likely ‘be … similar to our store here in Yelm.'”
“When it comes to the support he sees in Tacoma for a food co-op, including the more than 2,000 members the co-op had here before it was shuttered, Rintz put things simply: ‘We could definitely work with that,'” by Matt Driskoll, Tacoma News-Tribune.
Blogger Klein is a Yelm Food Co-op founding and current member.