SunCoast Market Co-op has surpassed a key milestone needed to open a cooperatively owned grocery store in Imperial Beach. With over 500 invested community owners, they have launched the site selection process. Board President, Kim Frink, shared, “We have assembled a great team of experienced professionals who have volunteered to serve on the Site Selection Committee. They will analyze potential locations and advise the Board.” Committee members include:

James O’Callaghan who was recently appointed President & CEO of the South County Economic Development Corporation. He previously served as Executive Director of the West Hollywood Travel and Tourism Board and before that led the Huntington Beach and Manhattan Beach Chambers of Commerce. 

Karl Bradley who is the retired Director of Planning & Construction at Sweetwater Union High School District and an Imperial Beach resident.

David Frink, who is a retired architect with over 30 years’ experience in commercial design and is currently the Executive Director of the I.B. Arts Bureau and an I.B. resident.

In addition, SunCoast received a $1,000 grant from the Howard Bowers Fund for site selection training provided by the Seven Roots Group. The Howard Bowers Fund strengthens the food co-op community through training and scholarships. The Fund is a project of the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF), a public charity headquartered in Washington, DC that promotes and develops cooperatives to improve economic opportunities for all. SunCoast is also looking for a commercial real estate agent to work with them to identify suitable sites in Imperial Beach. Interested agents and brokers can contact SunCoast via email at info@suncoastmarket.coop.

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