Residents eye grocery co-op for downtown Hudson – St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

Living near Hudson's downtown has its conveniences, but there's one thing the area is sorely lacking, a group of residents say. A grocery store. "We walk to the...

Living near Hudson’s downtown has its conveniences, but there’s one thing the area is sorely lacking, a group of residents say.

A grocery store.

“We walk to the library, we walk to get ice cream, we walk to go out to eat, but you can’t walk to get milk and veggies,” said Bridget O’Meara, whose daughter is a first-grader at Willow River Elementary School in Hudson.

She and other Willow River parents have been meeting recently to talk about establishing a cooperative grocery store downtown that would focus on local, sustainable and organic foods.

They’re committed to making it happen, O’Meara said, and are working with students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls this semester to create a business plan.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm right now and people saying ‘Yes, we’re going to do this,’ ” O’Meara said. “It would be a tremendous value.”

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