It was distressing to lovers of quality food in Lakewood when Nature’s Bin closed its 41-year-old store last November, even though its closing was due to a positive trend: the wider availability of the sort of fresh, organic, locally grown foods Nature’s Bin specialized in. And when a Whole Foods opened nearby, it became tougher to compete. While he store closed, its parent nonprofit organization, Cornucopia, continued its work of training people with disabilities and placing them in jobs.
Now there’s some good news: Cornucopia has sold its building to the locally owned Constantino’s Markets, which has a location in the Warehouse District and one in University Circle.
“We made a conscious decision to seek out a buyer who would consider allowing us to conduct work assessments within the business and if possible, buy our Nature’s Bin Favorites foods,” says Cornucopia executive Director Nancy Peppler. “We are excited to say that Constantino’s will be a partner on both fronts.”
Constantino’s is a boutique grocery known for its multiple specialty departments, including prepared foods, deli items, bakery, craft beers from Cleveland and all over the world, a wide selection of wine, quality meats and cheeses, and fresh produce, as well as everyday groceries. It also carries many locally and regionally sourced items.