The Wait is Over!

Preliminary mock-up of 93 Cranston Street, by Bourne Avenue Capital Partners.
 
 
Urban Greens Food Co-op's Cooperative Council is so glad to be able to share this exciting news with everyone!

In an event at the Columbus Theater, Urban Greens Food Co-op announced the future location of its consumer-owned grocery store. The retail store will be located at 93 Cranston Street, the site of the old Louttit Laundry building. The co-op store will be the anchor commercial tenant in a mixed use development including 37 residential units. Urban Greens will occupy a 7000 square foot retail grocery space. The Co-op will be a full-service grocery store, though it will emphasize natural, healthy, and local food in its product mix. This announcement comes after a multi-year search and planning effort by the Co-op’s Cooperative Council & Site Committee to secure a viable site for Providence’s first consumer-owned retail grocery store.

 
Facade of the former Louttit Laundry building at 93 Cranston Street
Facade of the former Louttit Laundry site located at 93 Cranston Street, corner of Cranston Street and Thomas P Whitten Way. The building was demolished in 2008.


The former Louttit Laundry site has been abandoned since 1985, and an empty lot since 2008. Owned by the Providence Redevelopment Authority (PRA), it was a Brownfield site, requiring environmental remediation. The city was supportive of the co-op’s desire to locate the store on the site, and the PRA and Urban Greens have worked together over the last two years to create a plan for the site, and bring the appropriate developer on board to purchase and develop the site. The development team is a partnership of Bourne Avenue Capital Partners, D+P Real Estate, Truth Box Studio, and

Leshinsky Finance.
 
Preliminary site layout for 93 Cranston Street. Building 1 will be the home of Urban Greens Food Co-op.  The Co-op will occupy 7000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor with 2 additional floors of housing.  Building 2 will be all housing with parking garage on ground floor. There will be 37 residential units between the two buildings.
Preliminary site layout for 93 Cranston Street. Building 1 will be the home of Urban Greens Food Co-op.  The Co-op will occupy 7000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor with 2 additional floors of housing.  Building 2 will be all housing with parking garage on ground floor. There will be 37 residential units between the two buildings.


This site is ideal in so many ways for Urban Greens Food Co-op. It’s situated at the nexus point of three diverse neighborhoods: Federal Hill, West End & Upper South Providence, as well as being just west of downtown, and easily accessible from I95 and Rts 6/10. We’re incredibly excited to help meet the food needs of our immediate neighborhood residents while at the same time helping to expand consistent retail access to locally sourced foods in the Providence Metro area.

We want to thank everyone for making last night's announcement event so great including representatives from the City and State: Peter Asen, Director of the City’s Healthy Communities Office, Mark Huang, the City’s Director of Economic Development, and Ken Ayars, Chief of the Rhode Island Division of Agriculture.

We'd also like to thank Pizza J, Acacia Cafe, Seven Stars Bakery & The Avery Bar for their donations, and Chris Monti for performing.

What is Urban Greens?

Urban Greens Food Co-op is a consumer-owned cooperative working to open a full-scale retail grocery store in Providence, RI.  The store will provide and promote healthy, affordable, sustainably-sourced, and local food options.

Urban Greens Food Co-op won’t be just another grocery store! It will be a community directed market that will bring fresh, healthy and locally produced foods of the highest quality to our city and state. 

Similar to an indoor farmers’ market, our Co-op will make local produce, dairy, poultry, seafood and meat accessible year-round. This will support the sustainability of our farmers and local economy, as well as the health of our community.

Urban Greens Food Co-op is committed to being a resource and empowering people to eat well and live well. 

Become a member today! Member owners all own equity shares of the future store.  The equity funds pooled from member’s fees are the seed money for the retail grocery store.  

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