Electric City Food Co-Op releases RFP for building site

Working with local developers to identify downtown Schenectady location

SCHENECTADY, NY  – The Electric City Food Co-op (ECFC) is seeking proposals from landowners and developers for a location for a full-service, community-owned grocery store within the downtown area of Schenectady, NY. – that is walkable, bikeable, and near a bus line.

Since September 15th, the RFP has been distributed to a number of local developers and real estate agents and is available for viewing and downloading at the ECFC website.  The deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST.

“We are very excited to be launching this next phase for the Electric City Food Co-op, actively searching for a great location, said Brian Brosen, ECFC Site Selection Team Lead and Broker for The Capital Team at eXp Realty. “We look forward to sitting down with property owners and developers to bring the dream of the ECFC closer to fruition for the city of Schenectady and beyond.”

In December of 2018, a market study was conducted by a consultant that specializes in food co-op startups and has maintained a high degree of accuracy with forecasts. The market study report confirmed that Electric City Food Co-op could be successful, with a projection of over $3.5 million in sales in the first year, with a 2-3% increase in sales per year – with the right location. The Co-op is currently in stage 2B of its plan which entails securing a location, planning a capital campaign, finalizing finances and hiring a general manager.

“We are working with local farmers, consultants and business leaders to bring this much-needed permanent market to Schenectady,” said Matt Robbins, newly-elected ECFC board president and owner of The Happy Cappuccino.

To date, 2019 has been the best year for the ECFC in terms of recruitment of member owners and they are looking to finish really strong at the close of the year. Currently, the ECFC has 360 members and they are in the midst of a recruitment campaign – 30 in 30 days for the month of October and have been actively engaged to attract and register 500 member owners by December 31st, 2019 – dubbed the “Drive to 500.”

“Momentum is really building, we can definitely see a clear path to reaching our goal of 500,” said board member Adine Viscusi, owner of Casa Visco. The ECFC has established numerous events during October to increase the organization’s visibility and field questions from potential members, including the annual Farm to Fork dinner at the Mabee Farm Historic Site, and a meet and greet at Tara Kitchen. Additional membership drive events will continue to occur in November and December of this year as well.

The Electric City Food Co-op was organized by its founder Katherine Wolfram in 2013 to bring a community-owned, one-stop grocery market, featuring local and bulk foods, to the downtown area of Schenectady. The Co-op aims to be a flagship store for locally sourced and sustainably produced foods and products. It will be the only full-service natural foods store in Schenectady County.

Upcoming ECFC October events include:

Tour of Excelsior Hemp & Biosoil Farm in Glenville, NY on October 15th at 4:30 p. m.
Tour of Casa Visco in Schenectady, NY on October 22nd at 11 a.m.
Tabling at the Schenectady Greenmarket on October 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Taco Tuesday at Mexican Radio on October 29th from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

To learn more about the Electric City Food Co-op, visit: http://www.electriccityfood.coop/electric-city-food-co-op/.

Link to the ECFC RFP:  http://www.electriccityfood.coop/request-for-proposals-for-site-acquisition-for-electric-city-food-co-op/

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About Electric City Food Coop:
Our vision is a community-owned, full-service grocery market featuring local and bulk foods in downtown Schenectady. We are committed to: • Working with local farmers and producers • Ethical, sustainable, & transparent business practices • Providing space for families and community members • Education on health & wellness.