St. Peter Food Co-op

St. Peter Food Co-op

St. Peter, MN

10,000 Square Feet

The St. Peter Food Co-op & Deli expanded its operations into a renovated auto dealership in historic downtown St. Peter. The new location, a 10,000-square-foot space, offers more local produce & dairy options, organic products, an expanded deli, and larger area for dining and community meetings. There is also a new teaching kitchen and more education and class offerings.

Previously, the Co-op had steadily grown over decades, and finally outgrew its former location on Broadway and Minnesota Avenues. The adaptive reuse of the former Nielsen Chevrolet auto dealership was an ideal sustainable option for the Co-op. Not only was the interior space large and open for a grocery store layout with easy truck loading and access, but the original terrazzo showroom floor was preserved for the dining room area. The existing wood roof trusses also helped create a warm glow with the indirect lighting and clerestory windows. Many sustainable interior finishes and materials were used for the renovation of the building

The Co-op now offers outdoor seating with a trellis, more space for an on-site garden, bicycle parking, and space for outdoor events. The Co-op serves both as a regional and neighborhood destination for an unparalleled food shopping and dining experience.


  • 2011 Shopping Center Tribute Award for Retail Real Estate (STARR) Award from the Minnesota Shopping Center Association (Exterior Retail Renovation under 20,000 SF)


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