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Sioux Falls Co-op Natural Foods back in business

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Six weeks after arson shuttered the Co-op Natural Foods Store, shelves are stocked and customers are coming through the doors once again.

And it's not just the food they're excited about.

"The thing I missed the most was the staff who worked here. Just every time you come in 'hey Michelle, hey, how are you? How are the kids?' They're very happy and greeted you with a smile," said Michelle Wigg, customer.

And for staff, they say the support from the community was overwhelming. While they were picking up the pieces from the fire and trying to get the co-op back open, donations came flooding in.

"It's been very uplifting going through this traumatic experience that we do have friends out there. From volunteers, from our local vendors wanting to just pitch and just donations have been just amazing," said Travis Petersen, front end manager at the Co-op.

"And we know that we've been missed and moved and that's been just so incredible because people have just come forward to support us in so many ways," said Annie Blotz, membership coordinator at the Co-op.

And the Co-op is stocked and ready to go with all your favorites.

"We've got the almond butter ready to go right now. We got the traditional peanut butter to go right now and we have the honey roasted peanut butter. All our nut butters are back. Our grinders are running. Come get your nut butter," said Petersen.

While inventory is limited, staff expect it to be business as usual this weekend.

"Just like always, everyone is welcome. Everybody's welcome," said Petersen.

The Co-op is now located at 18th and Minnesota in the old Movie Gallery building behind Pita Pit. Staff say they are excited the Sioux Falls Co-op is back in business.

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