It has taken a long time to get here, but the LCM is ready to build our full service grocery store. The LCM Board of Directors has signed a Letter of Intent with the developer, Lovettsville Square South LLC, to lease a 7,000 square foot grocery store in downtown Lovettsville! Our Co-op will be open 7 days a week serving everyone, members and non-members alike. 75% of our products will be natural or organic, sourced locally whenever possible. We will have a deli and grab-n-go meals serving lunch and dinner, and will be stocked with local beers and wines. No more driving for miles for your groceries!
Over the next 10 months, our Co-op will be working with a store designer and architect to develop the detailed store plans which will be built to our specs. The design will also incorporate new guidelines for grocery stores since the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced changes in how stores are laid out. Parallel to our activities, Lovettsville Square South LLC will be working on their detailed design, engineering, and permitting for the overall site with construction scheduled to begin in the second half of 2021. The goal is to have all construction completed and the store opening in the third quarter of 2022. While this means we cannot open our store until 2022, now we have a definitive agreement and schedule with a much higher confidence than we have had before.
We have a tremendous amount of work ahead, but we are confident we will bring a community-owned grocery store to Lovettsville. It’s now time for all of our friends and neighbors in the community to pull together and support our local Co-op. Support your community grocery store by becoming a member-owner if you aren’t already and encouraging friends and neighbors to join with us too.