What’s the ecological impact of an expansion?

It depends on the scope of the final project. A bigger store will of course use more energy and water. At the same time, we’ll install new state-of-the-art refrigeration systems and HVAC as well as LED lighting. These improvements will translate to a per square foot reduction in the Co-op’s energy usage.  We’ll also be providing increased products and services that folks may be driving to Warrenton or even Portland to get. We’ll also be selling more local and organic foods, thereby supporting more sustainable farming practices.