A group of supporters of the former Tacoma Food Co-op — abruptly closed by Central Co-op after they merged — say they don’t want Central Co-op to reopen a store in Tacoma. Instead the group plans to partner with Yelm Food Co-op.

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Last July, after Central Co-op abruptly closed the Tacoma Food Co-op it had merged with only seven months earlier, it vowed to reopen a co-op in a new location in the city.

But now, a group of supporters of the former Tacoma Food Co-op say they don’t want Central Co-op to reopen a store in Tacoma.

There was “a lot of hurt regarding how Central treated this community both before and after [the] closure,” said Chrissy Cooley, a member of Friends of the Co-op, which she said has hundreds of people on its listserv, and whose events draw about 40 to 80 people.

The group plans to ask Central Co-op’s board, at its meeting Monday night, to “respect the wishes of the community and not reopen in Tacoma,” Cooley said.

Friends of the Co-op, instead, is planning to partner with Yelm Food Co-op to launch a new co-op in Tacoma, Cooley said.

Central Co-op, though, says it’s still proceeding with its plans to reopen in the City of Destiny.

It is working with a real-estate company in Tacoma that has been bringing the co-op sites to review. And in surveys, a majority of its members said they wanted the co-op to open a new location as soon as possible, according to a Central Co-op spokeswoman.

The co-op expects to have a site selected in the coming months with development underway by the end of the year.

“I have the same commitment as Central Co-op: to open a new store for our Tacoma members,” Garland McQueen, Central Co-op’s interim CEO, said in a statement. “Tacoma is our future, and as a new person on the scene I look forward to what we will create together.”