Perhaps no commercial vacancy in the last few years has prompted as much speculation on what should go there next as 57 South St., former home of Harvest Coop. Landlord Dean Rusk is marketing the property as a "retail/restaurant" opportunity, according to a poster in the window. Interested parties are asked to call 617-274-4900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Harvest shuttered the store in April, citing operating losses in each of the past three fiscal years. Harvest has a location .7 miles away across from Forest Hills Station.
On Tuesday, Harvest Coop announced it will be closing its 57 South St. store. Below is a letter from the community-owned grocer's board of directors. Background
The Harvest Co-op Market on South Street in Jamaica Plain is facing the end of its lease term on February 28, 2015. The store has operated in this location for 15 years and has been a valued part of the neighborhood since it opened.
Harvest Coop announced Tuesday it would close its 57 South St. grocery store, saying the "trajectory of the business model has become unsustainable." The announcement — not unexpected in many quarters — comes one week after members of the coop packed a board meeting to talk about the possible closure. At that meeting, held Jan. 5, only members of the coop were allowed in to the tiny Forest Hills Street room where the meeting was held. As resident Kendra Nordin previously reported, the meeting was held in two shifts to accommodate all 60 people who showed up.
SECOND UPDATE: The Coop announced it will close the South Street store in mid-April. UPDATE: The Harvest Coop board has announced it has made a decision — but hasn't made that decision public yet. ~~~~~
Members of Harvest Coop packed a board meeting Monday night to talk about the possible shuttering of the communally-run grocer's South Street location. Only members of the coop were allowed in to the tiny Forest Hills Street room where the meeting was held. As resident Kendra Nordin reports, the meeting was held in two shifts to accommodate all 60 people who showed up.
The lease on a popular coop grocery store is up on Feb. 28, fueling speculation on whether the location will stay open. Harvest Coop has two locations in JP — its original South Street location and a newer outpost in Forest Hills. A board of directors meeting has been set for Monday, Jan. 5, in JP.
Harvest Coop has two locations in JP, but if that's not convenient enough for you, the grocer has started offering delivery. The delivery service, which is handled by Instacart, started this month, according to Chris Durkin of the member-owned grocery. "We've had requests for a couple of years," Durkin said, "but we hadn't been able to find the right service to do it." Here's how it works: You can be a member or non-member of Harvest Coop. Go to Instacart's web page and pick which store you want delivery from.