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Kim's offer still good for co-op

About a month ago, the Medford Co-op received an offer to lease Kim's Restaurant at a discounted rate? Has the co-op accepted the offer? When will the co-op open? I am looking forward to having more organic and fair trade options here in Medford, and I think Kim's would be an ideal location.

— Tim B., Medford.

The Medford Co-op is holding off on deciding whether to lease the vacant Kim's Restaurant on South Pacific Highway until it elects two new board members.

Two board members plan to step down when their term expires. Their replacements will be chosen March 9. After that point, the board plans to resume negotiations on Kim's as well as other locations such as the former Foodland site on Stewart Avenue, said Co-op Board President John Statler.

The owners of Kim's, closed more than three years ago after 55 years in business, have offered the restaurant space for $100 a month plus the cost of building upgrades.

How realistic the prospect will be for the co-op rests largely on how much it would cost to upgrade the space to meet current building codes and modify it for use as a grocery store.

The co-op effort began about three years ago with a vision to provide a community hub in Medford offering organic produce and fair trade products, modeled after Ashland Food Co-op.

For more information, visit www.medfordmarket.org.

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