The new Honest Weight Food Co-Op opened its doors at 100 Watervliet Ave. with 18,000 square feet of retail space, doubling what was available at the former Central Avenue location.
Photo by Zan Strumfeld.
continued Eileen Parzek, of Chatham Center, used to live in Albany and has been a member of the co-op for about five years. While she’s moved away, she said working in the area allows her to still shop at the store.
“I’m gluten-free and soy-free. This is a great place to come and find things,” she said. “And there are so many friends here, I’ve already seen like six people I know.”
Parzek also highlighted the customer service. Bartels said all of the staff can talk knowledgably about the products and can point customers in the direction of the product they’re looking for.
The new store also has 150 parking spots and numerous bike racks, which Bartels said is a huge improvement from the older store’s messier parking situation. Having the new facility on Watervliet Avenue allows for much more accessibility as it is right off of Central Avenue and I-90.
With similar stores gaining popularity in the area, Bartels said expanding Honest Weight would help them remain competitive and “serve the community better.”
“Our huge focus at Honest Weight has always been local. We’re very, very committed to the local economy, local products, local farmers,” Bartels said. “Shopping here means that a much higher percentage of the dollars they spend with us remain circulated within this area.”