Anticipated community co-op to land in Northeast Denver

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Originally published in Innovators Peak on February 20, 2015

Crossing the boundaries into Northeast Denver (most specifically the “national model for urban development”, Stapleton) you’d never know its only point of interest was an airport, followed by miles and miles of open roads leading to Kansas. Just a decade ago, the Stapleton International Airport shut down, introducing an enormous development opportunity for Denver’s civic leaders.

The growth is astounding – the Stapleton community welcomed 2,500 residents in 2006. Eight years later, that number is sitting at a staggering 19,000 residents with expectation of 30,000 individuals not far off in the future.

And that focus is absolutely necessary to continue drawing new residents to a place that is, for all intents and purposes, still the suburbs (a reputation Stapleton city planners are desperate to change). Downtown Denver is about fifteen minutes away, but for those looking for an urban setting, it can seem like a different planet. Stapleton’s town center houses a few small businesses, several chain restaurants, one brand new brewery … but it’s not enough to call it a metropolitan.

Perhaps the most gaping hole is the lack of fresh, healthy, and accessible food in Stapleton and its North Eastern surroundings. The lack of local and sustainable products really puts a damper on potential growth because it is such a necessary component for a healthy, accessible lifestyle.

Cue: the introduction of the new Northeast Community Co-Op Market. Not only will it be the first cooperative grocer in the Denver Metro Area, it will be a one-stop shop for everything you could possibly need: natural/organic and locally sourced food, fresh produce, bulk foods, dairy, meat, local bread and cheese, considerable options for alternative diets (paleo, vegan, gluten free), vitamins, supplements, and even beer and wine!

It’s precisely what this area needs and that’s why the Northeast Community Co-Op needs members now – they have their eyes on a 10,000 square foot space that will be smack dab in Northeast Denver (and Northwest Aurora). Because it is co-op style, memberships are required and as they begin to get off their feet, the Northeast Community Co-Op is asking prospective consumers to invest in a “member-owner” share – a one time $200 investment.

While it’s still in the conceptual stage, the Northeast Community Co-Op is already collaborating with the community – Mu Brewery (9735 E. Colfax Ave.) just released a brew dedicated to NCCM and had a release party with 20% of the proceeds going to support the market!

Stay informed of the Co-Op’s happenings and other community events here and before you know it, fresh, healthy, and delicious food will be a stone’s throw away.

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