A model of Nelson Commons. One letter-writer says the housing project is overshadowing the need for an expanded food store.

LETTER: Main focus of Kootenay Co-op is wrong

Being one of the first members of the Kootenay Co-op I remember when having an actual store was just an idea.

Being one of the first members of the Kootenay Co-op I remember when having an actual store was just an idea.

We met in whatever space was available, basements, community halls, etc. It’s been a long road to where we are now.

But where are we now?

Our present store is bursting at the seams so it was great to hear that we had finally obtained the perfect location for a new store.

That was two years ago now.

At the recent co-op AGM there was plenty of confusing information about the massive amount of money being spent on promoting the future Commons.

The only mention of a new store was to say that we won’t be getting one until mid-summer of 2016.

I fail to understand what the building of expensive condos has to do with what the co-op is supposed to stand for, to provide healthy food for members and the people of Nelson.

It’s sad to see our overcrowded co-op become a mere second thought greatly overshadowed by the Commons project. The much needed store could have been built by now.

I hope I’m wrong but it feels to me that the main focus here is wrong.

K. Dulisse, Crescent Valley

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