Clintonville Community Market to close in October

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

After a 17-year run, the Clintonville Community Market has announced it will close by Oct. 31.

"I really want people to understand that we had a good run and we gave it our best effort," said Trish Clark, the cooperative grocery'sdirector of marketing and community outreach. Clark said that there are myriad reasons why the co-op is closing and that there are no remaining options to keep it open.

Located in the middle of a residential neighborhood at 200 Crestview Road, the co-op gained new momentum in recent months when it reopened its kitchen and cafe counter for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. By sourcing directly from the grocery, the kitchen was able to operate at zero waste.

But the newfound momentum wasn't able to outpace the quickly changing retail organic/natural food landscape. In a press release announcing the closure, the co-op's general manager Garland McQueen noted the impact of competition from larger conventional chains that now place more emphasis on organic and natural foods.

"We still have one-of-a kind products not available elsewhere," said McQueen, "but we can't compete with high volume stores that share the same food staples customers are looking for."

According to the press release, the co-op's board of directors voted to close after consulting with national cooperative consultants.

"We appreciate the years of service of our employees, our vendors who have continued to support us, and our members and shoppers who have supported us through good and bad times," said board president Marilyn Welker.

A closing celebration is planned for 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Seventh Son Brewing Co.