Thanks to a massive crowdfunding campaign late last year, today marks the grand opening of Thirroul’s Flame Tree Co-op’s exciting new store!
The community banded together to raise more than $80,000, which was enough to see the shop move from its old premises, across the road to this much larger store, where the co-op can spread its wings and offer a wider range of organic foods and products.
The co-op now has more than 600 members, and operates six days a week, reflecting the enormous local demand for organic and locally-grown produce.
Today’s opening comes complete with a smoking ceremony, an organic BBQ and live music.
The new store includes a larger shopfront, customer parking, a dedicated cool room and a wider range of stock.
Co-op director Helen Piper says the grand opening is a chance to thank the community, and those who contributed to the re-location fund.
“We’re so excited to be able to show off our new space and generally celebrate the support of the community,” she says. “It’s been a massive effort from our volunteers and suppliers too. We invite everyone, whether you donated or are just curious about how the Co-op works, to come down to the new store to see what we’ve been able to achieve working together.”
the smoking ceremony will take place at 10am. Shop tours run regularly from 10.45am.