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Wheatsville Co-op closes Guadalupe Street location after 43 years – The Daily Texan

Wheatsville Food Co-Op, Austin’s cooperative grocery store and market, announced the closure of its Guadalupe Street location after four decades of service in a special edition newsletter.

General manager Bill Bickford said in the newsletter that the Co-Op will not renew its lease, which expires in summer 2026, due to issues related to construction of the Austin Transit Partnership light rail project and declining sales.

Construction of the Orange Line, the light rail line that will span Guadalupe Street, will impact the Co-Op’s operations by restricting parking, blocking deliveries and removing lanes that provide crucial access for customers and delivery vehicles, the release said. newsletter.

“Wheatsville’s board of directors and management are strong supporters of sustainability, and that includes public transportation. We know that many of our customers and associates use public transportation to reach our stores, and transportation is a major barrier to food access for many Austin residents,” Bickford said in an email. “That said, while not the only factor in our decision, the light rail project was the factor that makes not renewing the lease our only viable option at the end of the current term.”

However, Wheatsville is considering opening smaller stores in North Central Austin on the heels of the closure of its Guadalupe location, which would allow the Co-Op to serve more neighborhoods while lowering operating costs. The Guadalupe Street location will remain open until 2026.

“We started this conversation early for two reasons. First, as a community-owned organization, we owe that level of transparency to our 29,000 co-op members,” Bickford said in an email. “Second, we want to ensure we have sufficient time to develop a viable plan to continue serving our community of shoppers, staff and local producers.”

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