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Good Tern hires architect with eye for expansion

Dec 02, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Good Tern Natural Foods cooperative has hired an architect with an eye toward an expansion.

Rockland — The Board of the Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op, located at 750 Main
St., has selected Scott Simons Architects of Portland to help develop an expansion design for the Co-op.

“We had a difficult decision to make among potential architects,” Co-op board member and Building Expansion Chairman John Lichtman said in a news release. “We chose the Scott Simon group from Portland because of their commitment to community involvement during the design process; their prolific use of mass timbers and local materials; their experience and expertise with food preparation and service facilities; and their commitment to helping us be great stewards of our space by designing a zero energy input building.”

The Good Tern Co-op began operation in 1980 at 216 Main Street in Rockland (where Trillium Soap is now located). The cooperative moved to its present location in 2003. Since that move the Co-op has experienced an increased demand for local produce, meats, beer, wine, and prepared deli foods, the cooperative stated in the release.

In 2018 the Co-op purchased the Hole in the Wall Bagel Shop, located next to the Co-op, with an eye for improving Co-op parking and to allow for future growth. Since acquiring the bagel shop, the Co-op has maintained its traditional commerce in organic and local foods while continuing the bagel shop operation.

With two conjoined properties to work with, the board approached a number of Maine architects with requests for qualifications regarding the best use of the properties toward the goal of an expanded Co-op operation.

“An expanded Good Tern Food Co-op will allow us to offer a broader range of products and prepared foods, lower prices, and create a larger market for our local farmers, fishing industry, and producers,” stated Jess Mazur, the Co-op Board president. “ We look forward to being able to offer more opportunities for staff and more jobs overall. We believe an expanded co-op will be a welcome and needed addition to the Rockland and midcoast area.”

The next phase in the expansion project will be to collaborate with the Scott Simon group to establish a final design. The Board plans to solicit input from the Co-op’s extended community during this important phase of the project. The Co-op is community-owned and open to everyone with the goal of making available healthy and sustainable products to the general public and its member-owners.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Ananur Forma | Dec 03, 2019 10:52

This is great news. Sounds like "you" found the perfect architect for the needed project. I am happy to hear there will be expansion. More and more people are aware of the need to organics that help the immune system to function the way God intended. I will be happy to add my thoughts and positive support for this project. Yippee! As a member for many years since the Good Tern was on South Main Street- yet moved out west for 10 yrs. and the Good Tern had moved, but we've outgrown the present building.onward

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Dec 03, 2019 10:47

I have always been bothered when people & organizations spend money they don't have needlessly on things they don't need.  The co-ops current building is basically a simple structure.  They could extend the current structure towards the bagel cafe, tear that building down and expand the parking.  Adding extensions to the roof line could create more space for outside markets.  This is all basic construction anyone could do.  Why spend thousands of dollars for an Architect to develop an elaborate plan that will end up increasing construction costs even more.  Using your good old fashioned common sense is always the best path.

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