Ozark Natural Foods has been thinking about relocating its store back to downtown Fayetteville. The grocer wants to get back to its Fayetteville roots and incorporate that funny aspect Fayetteville has to offer.
The store moved to Evelyn Hills shopping center 16 years ago, but the exterior space has become difficult for customers. The parking is confusing to some people and maneuvering through the aisles can be difficult due to tight space.
The grocer now has a contract to move to the 32,000 square feet IGA building on North College Avenue. The new building would provide the store with a lot more space, thus providing a solution to all their problems. Ozark Natural Foods is hoping the move allows the company to grow at a rapid rate, meaning providing more jobs, more great food, and more work for local farmers.
However, before this decision to move can be officially made, the Ozark Natural Foods board of directors must have three outreach meetings to give co-op owners an opportunity to voice their opinions. The first meeting took place last Monday July 2. They will have 90 days to decide whether or not to go forward with the move.
If the decision to move to the old IGA building is approved then the location at Evelyn Hills will remain open until the new location is ready to open. It is estimated that it will take at least a year to move the store to the new location.