Dianne Frances D. Powell
TERRE HAUTE —
By fall of next year, downtown Terre Haute may be home to a new member-owned natural foods grocery store.
During a public informational meeting Wednesday at the Indiana State University Garden House, Terre Foods Cooperative Market leadership told about 30 attendees (which consisted of members and prospective members) that the full-service grocery store may soon open its doors.
“If we meet our marks, this time next year, we will be walking into the doors of our grocery store,” said board member Lorrie Heber, who led the meeting.
These “marks” include having 800 members by January and 1,000 members by store opening.
Terre Foods Cooperative Market reached its goal of recruiting 600 members — a number necessary to start the next phase of the project — during the annual Blueberry Fest in July. According to its website, it currently has 614 members.
“Terre Foods Cooperative Market will help fill an important need in the community in many ways. One, it gives a … market place for local producers and growers to sell their goods,” Heber said.
“In addition to that, it helps to grow the local food economy. … it will help make us a stronger community from a food security perspective,” she said. And, of course, provide healthy food.
This new addition may be located in an area that needs it most.
The target is “somewhere in and around the downtown area, which presently is a food desert. There are no grocery stores serving that area,” she said.
“We know that with the increase of people living in and around the downtown area … people need a grocery store. We’ll be happy to be that and be part of the renaissance of downtown Terre Haute.”
Tribune-Star Reporter Dianne Frances D. Powell can be reached at 812-231-4299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.