A food co-op in Mount Holly is closer to reality.
Now it has a name and a chef, and sites have been narrowed to three.
To emphasize regional marketing and the proximity to the river, the co-op is to be known as the Catawba River Market.
Ann Danzi, one of the people working toward the market, says they hope to attract customers within a 30-mile radius.
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“We want it to be a regional market, attracting people from Belmont, Stanley, Denver and Charlotte,” Danzi said.
As for the location, one site being considered is the old Mount Holly Furniture Building on South Main Street.
The market will be owned by members and offer locally grown produce and groceries. Meats will be free of antibiotics and growth hormones, she said.
While memberships will be sold, “it will be open to anyone,” she said.
Danzi said the co-op organization will need about 1,000 members to get started. All profits will stay in the community.
The chef, Chad Lowcock, will help set up the store and a café. He will teach recipes to customers and employees.