The idea for Hudson Grocery Cooperative began on the playground of Willow River Elementary School. As a group of neighbors watched our children play, we shared stories about our community and places we’d lived before. Of course, people have a common interest in food, and our discussion turned toward local grocery stores. We felt the void left in downtown Hudson when Econofoods closed. Some of us had enjoyed local grocery co-ops in our previous communities, and had appreciated the access those co-ops provided to local, sustainable food and the support given to local farms and independent producers.
This became the seed for a survey to gauge community interest in a neighborhood grocery store. Within two weeks of publishing our survey, we had over 200 positive responses!
After six months of further research, the Hudson Grocery Cooperative filed Articles of Incorporation and became a legal entity. Now we are taking the next big steps to build our founding member ownerships and lay the groundwork to open the doors to Hudson’s own local grocery co-op.