River Valley Co-Op planning to expand to Easthampton

Hampshire County

River Valley Co-op has plans to expand. 

River Valley Co-op expects to open its second store on Route 10 in Easthampton.

The $17 million project was granted a special permit by the Easthampton Planning Board last Tuesday after months of public hearings.

I think it’s a good idea, Barbara Hopkins said. It gives us more choices and places to go to, so we can get our food. Plus they might have something you can’t find somewhere else. 

This will be the co-ops second location in western Massachusetts. The first opened in 2008 on North King Street in Northampton.

The new 22,000 square-foot stores will be constructed at the former Fedor Pontiac Oldsmobile dealership. 

Plans call for a 200 car parking lot with solar covered carports. That’s compared to the only 92 parking spots at the Northampton location. They also expect to create more than 75 new jobs. 

We’re going to be using that power to run the store operations, General Manager of River Valley, Rochelle Prunty said. We think we are going to be able to have a very significant green energy generation on site to run our operations there.

Some money to construct the new building is expected to come from fundraising. More than $2 million has been raised so far with a goal of $5 million.

Prunty said they hope to have the store open by summer 2020.

The Easthampton Planning Board also approved a permit to open La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant.

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