Neechi Commons Co-operative

Neechi Commons Co-operative
The new store at 865 Main Street

Neechi Foods Co-Op Ltd. has taken a big step towards helping to transform Main St. north of the CPR underpass. In August, 2009 the Co-Op purchased 49,400 sq. ft. of property alongside the North Point Douglas and Lord Selkirk Park neighbourhoods at the former California Fruit Market site at 865 Main Street. The Jubilee Fund played a key role in making this happen by securing a large portion of the loan from Assiniboine Credit Union that was used by Neechi to buy the site and equipment.

In the Fall of 2010, work started on the construction of the 7.5 million dollar redevelopment of a new Neechi Foods supermarket, Deli, retailers, office tenants and a Farmers' Market in the summer.. The new store will double the size of its present location on Dufferin Street and provide a much higher-profile to drive-by traffic. This development brings a major boost to a neighbourhood that didn't have any large grocerty stores nerby.

Neechi Commons Co-operative
The cafe has great luncheon & dinner specials

Neechi is in its 23rd year as an Aboriginal, north-end, inner-city cooperative, owned and operated by its workers. The Co-Op  spearheaded the development of a community business complex, “Neechi Commons”, which will include full range grocery supermarket, Aboriginal foods, crafts, books and music, organic and regionally grown produce, community café, bakery, fish market, hydroponic production and training and a farmers market. Currently there are two connected buildings on the northernmost portion of the site.

The Grand Opening took place in March 2013. The store has a fish market, a 60 seat cafeteria that is open for lunch, dinner & does catering for meetings and special events,  fresh meats, a bakery and a specialty foods section.

 

Neechi Commons Co-operative
Produce department offers a great selection of fresh fruits & vegetables.

Neechi Commons will have a strong community economic development impact on Main St., the North-End and the two adjacent neighbourhoods. Both neighbourhoods are primarily made up of Aboriginal families and that is where most of the employees will be recruited. In addition, by featuring products that are harvested and processed in regions close to Winnipeg and in Northern Manitoba, the complex will contribute to regional economic development.

Eventually Neechi Foods expects to transfer ownership of the Commons to a not-for-profit consortium that will include representation from Neechi and other resident businesses, as well as from financial and community and/or public sector stakeholders. Individual businesses will be tenants on the Commons.