By Elaine Ezekiel
PFC’s general manager, Chris Dilley, said that the move represents an expansion for the business, which opened on S Burdick in 1978. According to Dilley, the current location’s 3,000 square feet floor plan is inadequate. “It’s hard to work; it’s cramped. We’re on top of each other a lot,” he said. “When there are six people in the store, it feels like it’s totally full.”
For students, Dilley suggested house-memberships for the price of a single membership in one house member’s name.
For students trying to live sustainably, but who find the co-op expensive, Dilley suggests re-prioritizing. “We have choices to make all the time as far as how we spend our dollars,” he said. “Every one of those choices really pushes us as a society further down a path, whether it’s towards or away from sustainability.”
He adds that purchasing food from the PFC can be more affordable than shopping from larger grocers such as Meijer. “If you’re cooking at home, spend less on processed foods and buy more foods in bulk,” he said. “You can buy a pound of oats for 99 cents and that’ll get you through two-and-a-half weeks of breakfast for sure, and you can transfer that savings to buying better produce.”