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—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

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Flashy New South End City Market

Before even moving to Vermont, I knew about City Market.  It says a lot about the culture of Vermont that one of – if not THE – most rural state in the country happens to be home to the largest food co-op.  That’s right: City Market is the largest food co-op in the United States!  And, my friends, it just got BIGGER.  They opened their new South End location in November of last year.

Frankly, I’m fascinated with the history of cooperatives.  City Market, like many co-ops, began as a food-buying club.  Their transition to become the prominent downtown grocery store was not an easy decision, for both the owners and the city.  There was internal pressure from those who thought they would lose sight of their values and become too mainstream.  Externally, critics proclaimed it would be too “elitist” to serve the greater Burlington community.  In the end, City Market was voted over Shaw’s, a regional conventional grocery store.

Regardless of the history, reception has been positive enough to support expansion.  The new spot boasts a spacious parking lot (for those who’ve either dinged or been dinged at the downtown store, this is a breath of fresh air!), capacious café seating, roomy aisles, and a generous arrangement of cash registers.  With eco-design features like solar-tube lighting, the airy and modern South End location is reminiscent of a Whole Foods.  I mean this to be complimentary, but it also deviates slightly from the earthy-Vermont-vibe you get at the downtown shop.

As a new Burlington resident (recently relocated from Hinesburg), who now happens to live a short half-mile from the new location, I am stoked to have this be my neighborhood grocery store.

Been to the new store and Love it? Don’t? Love your own local grocer? Share your thoughts below!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 2-18-2018

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Before even moving to Vermont, I knew about City Market.  It says a lot about the culture of Vermont that one of - if not THE - most rural state in the country happens to be home to the largest food co-op.  That's right: City Market is the largest food co-op in the United States!  And, my friends, it just got BIGGER.  They opened their new South End location in November of last year.



Frankly, I'm fascinated with the history of cooperatives.  City Market, like many co-ops, began as a food-buying club.  Their transition to become the prominent downtown grocery store was not an easy decision, for both the owners and the city.  There was internal pressure from those who thought they would lose sight of their values and become too mainstream.  Externally, critics proclaimed it would be too "elitist" to serve the greater Burlington community.  In the end, City Market was voted over Shaw's, a regional conventional grocery store.



Regardless of the history, reception has been positive enough to support expansion.  The new spot boasts a spacious parking lot (for those who've either dinged or been dinged at the downtown store, this is a breath of fresh air!), capacious café seating, roomy aisles, and a generous arrangement of cash registers.  With eco-design features like solar-tube lighting, the airy and modern South End location is reminiscent of a Whole Foods.  I mean this to be complimentary, but it also deviates slightly from the earthy-Vermont-vibe you get at the downtown shop.



As a new Burlington resident (recently relocated from Hinesburg), who now happens to live a short half-mile from the new location, I am stoked to have this be my neighborhood grocery store.

Been to the new store and Love it? Don't? Love your own local grocer? Share your thoughts below!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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  1. Could City Market ask for a better booster? Wonderful post and the photos are dazzling. Makes me want to run in and buy something in bulk!

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