LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - City Foods grocery store and co-op in downtown Lafayette is now closed but people on the board say they plan to open back up. The store was located at 632 Main street. It's lease ended on December 31.
The board thought that they had the opportunity to renew their lease but the owners of the building told them they were going to open their own businesses in the location. So now the co-op has to find somewhere else to have their storefront.
The owners did not go into detail about what businesses they plan to open.
The co-op itself has been around for 10 years where it started as a buying club. The store had been struggling due to COVID-19 but had every intention of staying open. Now they are looking for a new space in the same general area.
"We can bring it back,” said Rae Schnapp the President of the Board for City Foods. “We can bring it back downtown as a grocery store. We are all volunteer run so we really need involvement from people who are committed to the idea of creating local food systems."
The board of directors for the co-op will be having a meeting on January 28 where they will discuss their future. Their goal is to find another location in the downtown area. City Foods was the only grocery store in downtown Lafayette. To keep up with the progress of their re-opening click here. The Scones and Doilies pastry shop which shared the space with the co-op will remain at the location.