Seward Community Cooperative Friendship Store

11.2015b

  • Project Name: The Friendship Store
  • Client: Seward Community Cooperative
  • Landon Group Role: Secure New Market Tax Credits; financial structuring
  • Address: 317 East 38th Street, Minneapolis
  • Project Cost: $11.5 million
  • Financing: New Market Tax Credit Equity; Sunrise Bank Loan; Member Stock and Loans
  • Project Size: 10,800 square feet
  • Contractor: Watson-Forsberg Construction
  • Architect: LHB Architects

The Seward Community Co-op opened a second location, The Friendship Store, in South Minneapolis. In an area with only convenience stores and no full-service groceries within walking distance, The Friendship Store fills a tangible need of the Bryant-Central neighborhood.

Seward’s flagship store on East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis posted $32 million in sales for 2014. In order to alleviate pressure on this location, The Friendship Store was built in the Bryant-Central neighborhood where 20% of the 13,000 Seward-member households are located.

Neighborhood residents, most of whom are working-class, supported the rezoning of this property from residential to commercial with the understanding that the property be used for a grocery store with good-paying jobs, including salaried store managers. The Friendship Store employs about 90 people at a base wage of $12.82 per hour and is committed to hiring its employees from the neighborhood.

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