As the cleanup of the building hosting the kitchen that burned last month progresses at the southside First Alternative Co-Op, the salvageable items have been pulled from the kitchen. The building is now awaiting the assessment of damages – tentatively scheduled for mid-March.
Emily Daniel, a spokesperson for the Co-op, told The Advocate, “We are in the process of interviewing local construction companies for a rebuild that we would expect to take about nine to twelve months. We want to thank our neighbors at Hollingsworth &Vose for allowing us to store items in their warehouse and for putting lighting in the back parking lot; our friends at Special Occasions for the canopies we needed to help facilitate temporary break room and receiving areas, as both were lost in the fire; staff for dealing with all challenges this fire presented to us; and the broader community for their outreach and support.”
In the meantime, Co-op shoppers can enjoy the food prepared by other kitchens, such as Trazza – a Lebanese food maker from Tualatin, Higher Taste – a vegan and vegetarian accommodating food maker from Cornelius, Mamalia, and Wild Yeast Bakery from Corvallis.
Daniel added, “Our Deli managers are working on getting even more options in the coming weeks. Our North Store is also serving hot sandwiches daily, which are a delicious option in this cold weather!”
Stay tuned for subsequent updates.
By Joanna Rosińska