Last week, we told you the good news that the Kensington Community Food Co-op was finally getting a bricks and mortar location after six years of planning. With a membership number approaching 400, the time had come to finally establish their cooperative grocery store in the Kensington area. At an event at PBC on Sunday, they shared the details about their new location with over 200 people. We suspected that the location would be on Frankford Avenue, and we weren't far off in our guess.
Now that we've got you on the edge of your seat, here's the big reveal: The Kensington Community Food Co-op will be opening at 2654-72 Coral St., at the corner of Coral Street and Lehigh Avenue. It also happens to be the spot where Frankford Avenue hits Lehigh. That's basically Frankford Ave., right?
The building was most recently O'Reilly's Pub, a bar/restaurant that also had a big dining and catering space. The first floor with have 4,200 sqft of space, with another 1,100 sqft in the basement. The property also includes 18 spots in an adjacent parking lot, improving access to the store for the community. In addition to the grocery store, there will also be a cafe on the premises which will have seating inside and outside. A liquor license is pending as well, for both instore drinking and take-out beer. Check out the rendering!
This will clearly be a tremendous addition to Fishtown/Kensington/Port Richmond. Not only will it give neighbors a new place to shop for groceries, but it will also create a new place to eat and drink in the area. Hopefully, it will attract folks from both sides of the tracks. And we mean that literally. The tracks are pretty much across the street.
Looking forward to seeing construction get underway, and can't wait to see the KCFC's vision implemented. Very soon, we hope!