The Boise Co-op is banking on its loyal customer base to keep it alive and growing for at least another 22 years.
The member-owned market signed a long-term lease recently to stay at 888 W. Fort St. in Boise's North End through 2036. It has been in that location since 1995. The co-op was founded in 1973 and currently has 25,000 members in the Treasure Valley.
"The Co-op has deep ties to this community, and after 40 years in business, we'll continue to be in it for the long haul," said Ben Kuzma, the co-op's general manager.
The arrival of Whole Foods Market in Downtown Boise dented the co-op's sales by about 10 percent, said Shannon McGuire, marketing and outreach manager for the co-op. But sales have recovered somewhat, increasing 4 percent since last year, she said.
"There is a need for access to high-quality local organic health foods, natural foods," McGuire said.
A new Trader Joe's market opened in Downtown Boise last week.
The Co-op's board members are eyeing spots for a second store, something they've talked about for years. The board of directors created a real-estate committee to lead the planning process for that expansion.
While the site and opening date for the second store haven't yet been determined, members are asking for a store in Meridian, Eagle, Nampa or Southeast Boise, McGuire said.
Members and shoppers can weigh in at the Boise Co-op website.
Audrey Dutton: 377-6448, @IDS_Audrey