"We started looking over a year ago, knowing that if the co-op was going to survive on its own, it needed its own location. ... Then, COVID happened, and the co-op just exploded, and it became essential," said Jessica Wilt Navas, who runs the co-op with her husband, Eric.
The new Heights location—formerly a Steel City Pops location—was already outfitted with cooler space and other fixtures, allowing for a quick move, she said.
"We're hoping this will be permanent. There’s a lot of moving parts affecting the market, but we’re thankful for the opportunity to be here," she said.
The co-op was formed by Houston chef Pat Greer and Gundermann Farms in 1998. The nonprofit is focused on supporting local farmers, ranchers and purveyors with annual membership dues of $120 and day passes for $7. Members can order farm shares as well as a selection of other items for pickup on Wednesdays at its new location. Eventually, pickup will be available seven days a week, Navas said. 832-690-1216. www.centralcityco-op.com