As we’re waiting news of the Grand Opening date for the new Save-A-Lot Grocery in Kent (I’m expecting it to open before the end of the year) I was pleased to hear about the the Kent Food Co-op’s open house and holiday taste fair that they held earlier this month. I was told that it was standing room only and that’s great news for this important Kent business. Seeing all the renewed business activity in downtown Kent, the Co-Op is jumping on the reinvestment bandwagon and I know that they’ve been busy planning all kinds of changes that should make them more convenient, more accessible and more popular for all kinds of Kent food shoppers. The Co-Op is a great grass roots business that is exactly the kind of thing we need downtown, so do yourself a favor and check out the changes to their store and load up on as many healthy food items that you can carry.
Here’s a short update on the Kent Food Co-Op put out by Mary Gilbert of Main Street Kent:
Opportunities to learn about plans for expanding and improving the store, and ways to help out in the effort, was the focus of the all-day open house held on December 1st. Throughout the day, beginning at 10 am, customers received a 5% discount and members received an additional 5% off any purchases. For additional information contact the store at (330) 673-2878 or visit www.kentnaturalfoods.org.
The Kent Natural Foods Cooperative (KNFC) provides bulk, chemical- and additive-free foods, and products that are locally and/or organically grown whenever possible. Members collectively run the market using open processes and consensus decision-making.
Membership in KNFC is a one-time cost of $45 for an individual and $75 for a household. Members receive discounts on store purchases, can volunteer at the store for larger monthly discounts, and can special order bulk items at low cost. The natural foods market, which was founded nearly 40 years ago as a buying club, has about 1300 members and many more customers.
If you didn’t know it, the Co-Op has been in Kent for 36 years and it has done a great job of honoring one of my favorite mission statements:
“Food for People, Not for Profit”
The Co-Op is open:
Monday – Saturday 10 A.M. – 6:30 P.M. E.S.T.
Open Wednesday until 7:00 P.M.
Thursday is Senior Discount Day! 5 % off to all Seniors and 10% off to Senior Members
Here’s a short list of products that you can buy at the Co-Op:
- Healthy Snacks
- Bulk Herbs, and Spices
- Canned and Packaged Goods
- Additive-Free Cereals
- Packaged and Bulk Tea
- Bulk Granolas, Grains, Flour, Nuts and Seeds
- Cruelty-free Health and Beauty Products
- Alternative and Wheat-Free Breads
- Bulk Coffees, and Tea
- Vitamins and Supplements
- Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Treats
- Frozen Foods, Non-dairy Products
- Organic and BGH-Free Milk, Butter, and Cheese (Bovine Growth Hormone)
- Local and Imported Organic Produce
Visit the Co-Op Web Site To Learn More: www.kentnaturalfoods.org