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Granite City Grocery to Bring a Community-Owned Grocery Store to Downtown Barre

Since incorporating in 2012, Granite City Grocery, a start-up food co-op led by a dedicated all-volunteer Board of Directors, has been hard at work building community interest and attracting new members.  They also have been reviewing possible sites for the community-owned grocery store in downtown Barre.  

Up until 2000, when the Grand Union closed, Barre City had always had a downtown grocery that provided fresh produce, meats and affordable packaged goods, as well as a center for community life and social activity.

The results of a community survey, commissioned by The Barre Partnership as part of a 2004 market study, pointed to the desire for a downtown food store.  After the City acquired the former Brooks Drug building in 2009, the redevelopment plans for what would become City Place did not include a privately-owned grocery as hoped. A core group of Barre residents then came together in 2012 to explore the feasibility of starting a co-operatively owned grocery store.

No one ever expected that opening a downtown grocery would be an easy task, but Granite City Grocery’s dedicated Board of Directors has been working hard to set the ground work. They raised funds for a market and feasibility study from grants and community contributions, have built the membership to more than 600 owner-members, and have engaged a realtor, engineer and architect to review potential sites.

Some of the Directors' terms will expire in June, creating opportunities for interested members to become involved in carrying forward the co-op’s mission to bring healthy, affordable food to the Greater Barre community.

There is a particular need for candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: working with the cooperative business model; fundraising; project management; retail grocery; hiring a general manager, executive director or similar position; and communications or public relations.

If you are interested in lending your skills, time and enthusiasm to help the GCG Board move forward with its mission to bring a community-owned grocery store to downtown Barre, please find an application packet with details at

The submission deadline is Monday, May 16.  Applications must be emailed to Chris Riddell at  by 11 PM.  For more info call 802-622-1555. Board members will be voted on at the cooperative’s June meeting.