Photos: Arroyo Food Co-op Open House

The Pasadena space recently leased by the local and sustainably-focused Arroyo Food Co-op was open for the community to view Thursday night. What do you think?

After five years of planning and fundraising, the Arroyo Food Co-op opened the doors Thursday night to its

Patch got photos of the inside of the co-op’s new home at 494 North Wilson, which will be renovated and aims to open in the fall.

See the co-op photos and more about the co-op in the attached photo gallery.

Since the Arroyo Food Co-op launched its capital campaign about a month ago, it has raised almost $20,000 and acquired additional loans at Thursday’s open house, Tricia Keane, president of the Co-op’s Board of Directors, told Patch.

Loans from existing members will provide the bulk of the approximately $70,000 needed to refurbish and renovate the site and $251,000 for operational expenses—mostly inventory—but extra members and donors are needed.

Everyone is welcome to shop at the co-op, but those who make the investment to become member-owners receive additional benefits, including patronage refunds during profitable years. The full investment to join is $300; however the co-op offers a payment plan of $30 per year.

For more information about the Co-op’s location, its capital campaign—including how to make a loan—and becoming a member, visit www.arroyofoodcoop.com.

What do you think of the co-op space and its mission? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Ivan G April 27, 2013 at 03:05 AM
The Frito-Lay sign seems incongruous.
Lori A. Webster April 27, 2013 at 03:50 AM
That's a recycled display they're using and I'm sure by the time they open, they will have removed the "Frito Lay" sign. See those shelves with the pegboard in the background? We donated those to the Co-op.
Linda Roberts April 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM
and I helped move them Open, Open, Open Smile
Lori A. Webster April 27, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Yay, Linda!
Ivan G April 27, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Just teasing.


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