June 16, 2008 - News

New Co-op slated for Hall Beach
This summer's sealift won't just bring Hall Beach residents the usual vehicles, appliances and cans of Coke. It will also bring something a little out of the ordinary - a brand new multimillion dollar Co-op store - or at least, the materials for one. Construction of the new 6,000-square-foot store, which will also have an attached 3,000-square-foot heated warehouse and office space, will cost $2 million to $3 million. Work will be underway once materials arrive on the sealift in August. The new store is expected to open early in 2009. "Probably this time next year, we will be in our new store," said Ian McIver, general manager of the Hall Beach Co-op store. "We've had this store 10 or 15 years, and the members deserve a new store. We want to give the members a brighter and bigger store to shop in." The new 6,000-square-foot selling space will be almost double the size of the existing sales floor, allowing for a greater selection of grocery items like frozen foods, produce and deli meats. The Co-op will also be able to better display big ticket items like freezers, snowmobiles and furniture.