Grants, tax break aid food co-op expansion

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A state grant and city tax break are aiding the expansion of a community-owned organic and natural grocery store in the Upper Peninsula.

The Marquette Food Cooperative Inc. plans to renovate two vacant buildings in the city that will provide space for a teaching kitchen and classroom.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday the co-op is getting a $615,000 performance-based grant through the Michigan Community Revitalization Program and tax abatement worth $115,000 from Marquette.

State officials say the project will generate a total investment of $3.4 million and create 30 jobs. The project follows two expansions within the past 10 years.

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