About Our Relocation

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As of September, site work is moving forward for our new location. Drive by when you’re in Blue Hill, things are changing everyday!

Why is the Co-op moving?

Over the 40 plus year long history of the Blue Hill Co-op, we have relocated many times as we've grown. We have operated out of the old Sedgwick School House, the Sedgwick Redemption Center, The Barn Castle, the former Blue Moose building, the Halcyon Grange, and in the earliest days we shifted monthly to different private residences of various Owners. The Co-op has been at 4 Ellsworth Road since 1993 and though it has been a happy home for us, we can't continue to grow at the rate we have in such a small space. Any one who has ever had to park at the Co-op in August can easily see why we need to upgrade. The same goes for anyone who has been in the back room on a delivery day during the busy season. 

Changing to a venue, that is not only bigger but actually designed for our needs, will enable us to continue to grow and evolve along with our community. 

Click here to read the Relocation Business Plan.

Click here to read the first Ellsworth American article about our relocation and here to read the second one. 

Thank to the over 200 Co-op Owners who have contributed $1,190,240 towards our relocation effort. If you're interested in supporting the one to South Street, stop in or call and ask to speak with Kevin Gadsby, our General Manager. 

Currently we are still on track to break ground after Labor Day this year (2018) and are expecting a soft opening in June 2019 and a grand opening in July 2019!

Click here to view the relocation materials.

 

 
The Co-op has a long history. It has a broad reach. It has a great future. Now let’s give it WIDE AISLES!
— Co-op Investors Barbara Damrosch & Elliot Coleman, Four Season Farm
 

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How Will Expansion Benefit Our Community?

Expanding the Co-op will:

• Provide additional jobs.

• Generate tax revenue.

• Provide opportunities for more local farmers and vendors for sell their wares.

• Offer a wider variety of fresh, high quality food.

• Serve as a model for other cooperative businesses.

• Enhance our ability to support a thriving local economy.

• Provide a community room to host educational programs for everyone.

 
We eat local food, support local businesses, it’s time to invest locally. I want to see the Co-op succeed and thrive. I’m helping with the next step
— Co-op Investors Deborah Wiggs, Clayfield Farm
 

How can I help the Blue Hill Co-op's Relocation?

First: Plant The Seed

Join the Blue Hill Co-op and become an Owner.  Owners are a huge part of our success and growth.

Second: Keep Shopping

Take advantage of Full Moon Sales, monthly Co-op Deals and owner Bonus Buys.

Third: Pay off your Equity

If you are a Owner and are able, consider paying more than the required $20 per year. To date, 42% of our Owners have paid their equity in full.

Fourth: Donate

Join the hundreds of Co-op Owners who have contributed in our relocation!

For More Information Contact Kevin Gadsby, General Manager, gm@bluehill.coop | 207-374-2165

 

The Co-op is part of the great community we have here in Blue Hill. I’m happy to invest in its future. We all benefit.
— Co-op Investor Bonnie Dean, Blue Hill
I believe in the Co-op model. We all come together here. Why wouldn’t I want to own a share? It’s my store.
— Co-op Employee and Investor Cat McNeal, Blue Hill

Would you like to support the Co-op by donating to the relocation without buying a PREFERRED share?

 

You can direct your donations to Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 01-0281875) that has partnered with the Co-op to facilitate the expansion and relocation project. Our contact there is Kitty Barbee.

Donations to EMDC will be combined and granted to the Co-op at key points in the relocation process. As EMDC is a nonprofit, donations to them are deductible to the extent the law allows.

Mail donations to:

Eastern Maine Development Corporations
ATTN: Kitty Barbee
40 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
REF: Blue Hill Co-op Relocation

 

If the tax benefits are not important, you can donate directly to the Co-op, care of:
Kevin Gadsby, General Manager.

We are excited that you soon will have a new, bigger home to sell all your fine healthy goods.
— Anonymous Co-op Investor, Castine