Lakewinds Food Co-op Opens New Store in Richfield
Lakewinds Food Co-op, with current locations in Minnetonka and Chanhassen, opened a new store in Richfield in June. Lakewinds has been a member-owned food cooperative since 1975.
“It’s good for us, and it’s good for the co-op movement as a whole,” says Dale Woodbeck, Lakewinds’ general manager. “More and more people are savvy on the topics of organic, sustainable, local food, and we need to stay in the lead of the movement, differentiating ourselves from the other stores in the game.
Like the other full-service cooperative grocery locations, the Richfield Lakewinds will offer a variety of organic and natural products, many of them from local farms and producers. In addition, the store has some special features, including an on-site sushi chef, a fresh fruit and vegetable juice machine and an open-style deli, kitchen and butcher shop. Greg Dick, store manager, adds, “We’re also excited about the Peace Coffee shop inside the store and a beautiful indoor-outdoor café.”
Commitment to the local community is paramount to Lakewinds’ success. “Our co-op has a strong tradition of giving back to our neighbors,” says Woodbeck. “Whether it’s in the form of grants to local organic farmers, education and outreach to school and community groups, or donations to the neighborhood food shelf, Lakewinds values the partnership we have with the people we serve.”