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Fresh life! Clinton Hill food co-op raises funds to relocate after eviction

Restocking: Greene Hill Food Co-op member Lindsay Reichart said she is looking forward to opening the store inside its new Fulton Street space in June.
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Members of a Clinton Hill co-operative market are clinking glasses of kombucha because do-gooders donated enough cash for the store to set up shop inside a new space after its landlord sold its current building last month.

“We’re very excited — we want to make it better, more welcoming, and a real home,” said Lindsay Reichart, a manager and member of the Greene Hill Food Co-op, who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Leaders of the 10-year-old market — which enjoyed 15 minutes of fame when television series “Broad City” and its star Abbi Jacobson filmed inside the store for a recent season — are reconfiguring its aisles and designing new displays to make their new spot even more shopper-friendly than the Putnam Avenue space they’re vacating, according to Reichart.

“We’re hoping to make it much more clear and accessible by incorporating a lot of signage for members,” she said.

Co-op chiefs feared the worst for their organic-produce emporium when their landlord slipped them the eviction notice, and quickly started an online fund-raising campaign to raise green for a move, which received almost $40,000 since it launched in March.

And the foodies hope to collect even more cash to help cover the cost of bringing new refrigerators, coolers, and shelves of fresh fruits and veggies to the market’s future home inside an old furniture store on Fulton Street between Classon Avenue and Claver Place, according to Reichart.

“We hit our minimum goal, but we still hope to surpass $50,000,” she said. “It’s a great location, but it needs quite a bit of work.”

Loyal patrons of Greene Hill Food Co-op — which now boasts more than 300 members, some of whom also belong to Brooklyn’s original bastion of socialist shopping, the Park Slope Food Co-op — are hosting a fund-raising bash featuring live music, food, and an auction next week at a Clinton Hill bar, which they hope will rake in the extra money needed for the new location’s transformation, Reichart said.

“We’re looking forward to raising another chunk of funds to contribute to our buildout of Greene Hill 2.0,” she said.

Greene Hill Food Co-op fund-raiser at C’mon Everybody (325 Franklin Avenue between Clifton Place and Greene Avenue in Clinton Hill) on April 30 from 7:30 pm–11 pm. $20.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:45 pm, July 9, 2018
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