Common Ground Food Co-operative Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

Celebrate the grand re-opening Monday, February 11 through Friday, February 17!

Common Ground Food Co-operative, located at the east end of Lincoln Square Village in Downtown Urbana, is scheduled to host a grand re-opening celebration beginning with a ribbon cutting on Monday, February 11 at 12 p.m. The celebration will continue through February 17, 2013.

The Co-op’s grand re-opening is the culmination of their recent expansion efforts, which includes nearly tripling the size of the store, adding 30 + new jobs to the community, and adding many new food items and services. Common Ground now offers a locally-sourced salad bar, made-to-order hot sandwiches and pizza, an espresso bar, a unique selection of beer and wine, an enhanced frozen food department, a teaching kitchen/classroom and in-store seating.

“Common Ground has come a long way since representatives came to talk with me about relocating to Urbana several years ago,” said Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing. “We were able to offer them some start-up money thanks to our business incentive programs. They used it wisely and have become a wonderful addition to Lincoln Square Village and a good fit with Urbana’s Market at the Square.”

The City of Urbana and the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) both assisted in the funding of the current $2.5 million expansion. The Co-op received a grant from the City’s Redevelopment Incentive Program and a business loan from the RPC. Over $1 million in funding was secured from individual loans backed by owners of Common Ground.

To date, the Co-op has over 4,200 active owners, double the number of owners as of just five years ago. There are benefits to ownership, however customers do not need to be Co-op owners in order to shop and participate in classes and programs.

To learn more about ownership, please visit the Common Ground Food Co-operative’s website at www.commonground.coop. To learn more about the Co-op’s ribbon cutting event, please visit the Urbana Business Association website at www.urbanabusiness.com. For details regarding other Co-op grand re-opening festivities, please visit Common Ground Food Co-operative’s website at www.commonground.coop.

The Common Ground Food Co-operative redevelopment incentive from the City of Urbana is just one example of many significant development projects that are welcome additions to the City of Urbana. Expanding business in Urbana and encouraging job creation are important components of the City’s economic development initiatives. To learn more about the City’s Business and Development Incentive Programs, please visit the Business section of the City’s website at www.urbanaillinois.us/businesses or contact the Economic Development Manager, Tom Carrino, at 217/384-2444.

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