Green Top Grocery is a new food co-op that will be located in Bloomington, IL and was the recipient of a Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) seed grant. Green Top has moved well beyond its seedling stage, with tremendous support from the community, which has already raised over $1.2 million to finance a new store building. The co-op will be built on an empty lot next to a Beer Nuts factory (we assume all beer nuts will be local). LEAF’s loan, along with those from NCB and Shared Capital Cooperative, will be instrumental in this $3.6 million project, which will include build out, equipment, inventory and working capital.
CDS Consultant Nicole Klimek (pictured), has been working with Green Top to create a cohesive brand and decor scheme and brings over 10 years of experience to the project, having worked with over 70 food co-ops on store planning, green practices, LEED certification and efficient store operations. We look forward to seeing the new store in late 2016!