Jan. 3 2017 07:47 AM

East Lansing Food Co-op to close by Feb. 4

TUESDAY, Jan. 3 — The East Lansing Food Co-op will close its retail store by early next month, its board of directors decided last night.

“The ELFCO Board decided last night that the store in that location will close on or before February 4,” board leader Anne Woiwode said in an email statement today, “but we are still in business and we urge owners and non-owners to come shop with us and support the food co-op. “

She said members will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Allen Neighborhood Center “to discuss and then vote on whether to sell the building we own and occupy. We will begin discussions on what the next phase of ELFCO will be, and several ideas are already being pursued.”

The store, at 4960 Northwind Drive in East Lansing, has been listed for sale with Realtor James Vlahakis since last month. The price for the 8,000-plus-square-foot building is $675,000.

The store’s long struggle with competition in the ever-broadening healthy food segment came to a head in the last year, when Whole Foods opened its first Lansing-area location just a few blocks from ELFCO’s store. It also competes with nearby Foods for Living.