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Williamsville co-op plans get boost from county aid

Erie County is providing $7,000 to study whether it makes sense to open a cooperative market in Williamsville.

The group of volunteers working to bring a co-op to the village said the feasibility study likely will cost a total of $10,000. Legislators Edward A. Rath III and Tom Loughran sought the money in the 2018 county budget.

The Village Co-op Market of Williamsville incorporated in September and began a drive to bring in founding members a month ago, said volunteer Jim Walfrand. The organization has 32 members so far.

The group has identified a number of potential locations, and has worked closely with the Village Board on a plan to help make the village a more walkable community and add a socially responsible business to Williamsville.

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