Lovettsville Co-op and Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Announce Co-op Store Location
The Lovettsville Cooperative Market (Lovettsville Co-op) and Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue (LVFR) announced on Monday, August 9 plans to locate the future Co-op grocery store within the existing LVFR building on Berlin Turnpike just outside Lovettsville town limits. The collaborative agreement will go into effect after the Fire and Rescue moves to a new station adjacent to the current location.
The two grassroots organizations co-signed a letter of intent outlining general terms for a future lease permitting the Co-op to locate a long-desired community-owned grocery store in the vacated part of the LVFR facility. While the letter of intent is legally non-binding, it details agreed upon terms of the relationship of the Co-op as a tenant of LVFR.
The Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue is in the preliminary stage of the multi-year process of planning and moving to a new county-constructed facility that will be south of the existing fire station on land that is owned by LVFR. They will maintain use of the bingo/assembly hall of the current structure.
Lovettsville Co-op Board of Directors Chair, Sarah Searle, noted that this is a big step for the Co-op's development. “Not only does the LVFR site offer what our cooperative business model requires, but we have felt an extraordinary sense of mutual mission since we first began discussions with LVFR. Like us, they are a community-run organization that depends on members for support. We envision an exciting partnership.” she concluded.
Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue President, Karen Deli, said, “There is a unique synergy to our collaboration with the Lovettsville Cooperative Market team: both organizations focus on the welfare of our community of Lovettsville.”