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  • Store sites under review for Medford Food Co-op

  • Community organizers who want to open a Medford food cooperative in what is believed to be the largest city in the Pacific Northwest without one are seeking feedback on three proposed store sites.
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      What: Medford Food Co-op fundraiser and call for comments on three proposed store sites
      When: 7 p.m. Oct. 3
      Where: Grilla Bites, 226 E. Main St., Medford
      Admission: $15
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      If you go
      What: Medford Food Co-op fundraiser and call for comments on three proposed store sites

      When: 7 p.m. Oct. 3

      Where: Grilla Bites, 226 E. Main St., Medford

      Admission: $15

      Feedback on proposed store sites can be made at the event or at medfordfoodcoop.com. Written comments can be sent to Medford Food Coop, P.O. Box 4011, Medford, OR 97501.
  • Community organizers who want to open a Medford food cooperative in what is believed to be the largest city in the Pacific Northwest without one are seeking feedback on three proposed store sites.
    The Medford Food Co-op board remains in negotiations with the owners of the three sites: the former Foodland on Stewart Avenue in southwest Medford, the Spearco building at Fourth and Fir streets downtown and Bear Creek Plaza on Biddle Road in northeast Medford.
    "I am pushing them to make us the offer we can't refuse," said Jim Sims, board president.
    Other than securing a good deal for the co-op space, the group has to raise $500,000 in order to open the co-op by Jan. 1.
    Organizers continue to raise money and garner feedback from residents on their preferences for a location. They won't disclose how much they've raised so far in order to protect their interests in negotiations.
    A co-op fundraiser is planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Grilla Bites at 226 E. Main St. in Medford. Admission is $15, and all of the proceeds, except for $350 for a band, will go toward the co-op, Sims said. Grilla Bites is donating the food, and local wines will be available for tasting.
    Admission is waived for attendees who buy a $100 or higher membership at the door. Members do not have to be Medford residents.
    Sketches of each location by Medford-based OgdenRoemerWilkerson Architecture will be on display at the event.
    "That's really going to be the final opportunity the public has to make their opinion known to us," Sims said.
    He said he hopes the board will decide on a location by mid-October.
    Medford is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest without a food co-op, according to a summer 2007 market study by Pete Davis, a natural food location research consultant in Port Townsend, Wash. He defined the Pacific Northwest as Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
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