The Buffalo News article from June 16 raised my eyebrows with curiosity and optimism. Where’s the next stop for the Lexington Co-op? Could it be Hertel? I don’t see why not. Here’s my 9 reasons why they should open a second shop on Hertel:
1. It’s still in the city. The Co-op has thrived for over 40 years and rapidly grown in popularity since moving to Elmwood in 2005. Translation: City = success. If they’re looking for like-minded city folk, Hertel is where you find us. After 5 seconds of research, East Aurora was the only other co-op in the County that I could find. Heading north seems like a logical move. Hertel is right on the doorstep of Kenmore, Tonawanda & Amherst too so you have a critical mass of potential customers.
2. We’ve got JUST the place for you. The Co-op needs a little room to stretch its’ legs. Boy do we have the perfect location for you. The old Lunetta’s restaurant has been gone for some time and the location is begging for a new owner. It comes with plenty ‘o parking (or go bigger store, less parking) and a shop like the co-op could help become an anchor tenant to that small section of Hertel that still hasn’t found its groove. It’s a match made in heaven.
3. No direct competition. Dash’s is the only market on Hertel and considering they do not sell organic products, a CO-op could CO-exist. While Wegmans (on Amherst St.) has an organic section and produce, it does not offer the same intimate shopping experience as the co-op.
4. We’re farmers market-less. Hertel is currently lacking that connection with local farmers. We’re starving for fresh, local and organic produce. Do you hear me? STARVING! The co-op can fill that gap.
5. Erin Reedy thinks it’s a good idea. Who’s Erin Reedy? She’s on the Board for the Social Media Club of Buffalo and is a passionate North Buffalo resident, that’s who! “I think Hertel Avenue has one of the widest varieties of ethnic cuisine in the city and think the Lexington co-op would be a perfect addition to the growing population of residents seeking variety and healthy options.”
6. Follow the leader. Everybody’s doing it. I know, I know. “If your friend told you to go streaking through the quad and into the gymnasium, would you do that too?” But let’s be honest here, the trend of Elmwood businesses opening additional locations on Hertel seems to be the thing to do and guess what – it’s working! Village Beer Merchant, room, CRAVing, Spot, etc. The co-op needs to be next on that list.
7. Scones. I’m addicted to baked goods. Like addicted to the point of having dreams of opening my own bakery someday. I seek out the best of the best when it comes to sugary sweets. The co-op’s baking up some SERIOUS scones. I need them in a much closer proximity to me than they currently are.
8. Walk this way. Hertel is walkable. Walkable is green. Green is healthy. Healthy is the co-op. THEREFORE Hertel is the co-op. That’s got 11th grade math logic written all over it.
9. Because I said so? Can that be a reason? Sure…it’s my blog. BECAUSE I SAID SO.
If I had a say in the co-op’s decision making, I’d choose Hertel! You are very persuasive. 🙂
I completely agree. I work next to the co-op now but live in Ken-Ton. It would be convenient to have one in close proximity!
I also agree it is the perfect spot and there is also alot of traffic and walking people around, and we need one.
As long as they don’t move from across the street from my house, I’m cool with them expanding anywhere!
I’m inclined to disagree, even though I live in North Buffalo. Hertel is doing just fine; you can tell by how quickly houses sell here—often well over the asking price. It’s the increasing residential population of Downtown that sorely lacks an anchor grocery store, and locating it in one of the many empty storefronts on lower Main Street would serve UB’s students as well: a quick hop on the subway would drop you off at the front door. (A Hertel location would not be central, and like the current Elmwood location, is complicated to reach if you don’t have a car, which 30% of Buffalo households do not.) A co-op would appeal to the affluent with the quality of food offered, and yet, based on its philosophy, also cater to the poor and the Bohemanian set while helping Downtown to take off – all of which will benefit our ENTIRE city.
I agree with Elizabeth.
Holy angels would be another good location! plenty of parking area!
One of the best things about the co op is that anyone can join and be a partner.
You can attend their directional meetings, make the suggestions, and push for them.
It’s not at all like Tops or Wegmans where decisions are made by people miles away and not reachable.
Love to see the dialogue here! Looks like we can all settle on a second location for the co-op will make a lot of people happy…
I totally agree! How do we get this ball rolling. I do know though that Lunettas owner wants an obscene amount for that property. I would like a mom and pop shop within the walkable Hertel ie Parkside and lovering(ish)