BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Plans to build a second Co-op on the Hertel Avenue neighborhood have been delayed. Construction is just beginning this week after the General Manager had plans to open the grocery store this summer. There hasn’t been much movement on the former CVS building on Hertel Avenue.
Now the customer-owned grocery store is targeting an early- to mid-2017 opening. It was originally supposed to open this summer, but construction has been delayed because of some utility lines under the site that need to be moved. National Grid began work on that this month and construction is finally kicking opff.
Owners plan to make this location bigger, with a take out restaurant, sidewalk cafe and outdoor seating on the patio.
The Hertel Avenue location is in good company. It’s one of a few new building projects on Hertel including a second location for southern style taco joint, Deep South Taco.
The Co-op raised $2 million in a grassroots effort to open the store, 40 percent of which came from people living in the neighborhood surrounding the new store. In fact, 10 percent of the customers at the Elmwood location are people who travel from the same north Buffalo neighborhood.