Friday, October 31st, 2008 at 5:46 pm in economic development.
So, I wandered by the Mandela Foods Cooperative storefront earlier this week, and lo and behold, the doors were open and construction workers were busy laying concrete inside.
People have been wondering when, or if, the co-op will ever open, so it’s good to see something happening there. Part of the problem was it took way too long to get permits. Co-op director Nathan Cheng told me before the August groundbreaking that they had applied in March and didn’t get approval until summer.
Obviously the planned September opening was delayed, but now at least it seems as though things are moving pretty fast. The electrical and plumbing are in, and as soon as the concrete work is done, the sheetrock crew will move in to finish the interior walls.
The co-op has its share of naysayers, but I can tell you that even when nothing visible was happening at the storefront, the worker/owners were meeting once or twice a week for months to get trained on all aspects of running a business. Let’s hope that translates to success.