A small group of residents has launched a Facebook page to “start the public conversation about a publicly-owned dry goods store in Anacortes, much like Quimper Mercantile in Port Townsend.
Many residents of Anacortes have long complained that they need more shopping options in town, including the ability to purchase dry goods, with some residents looking at Quimper, which was started in response to the closure of a general dry good store in Port Townsend, as a potential model for Anacortes.
Earlier this year, City Council members Eric Johnson, Liz Lovelett and Ryan Walters visited Quimper and reported back to the Council. There have been private discussions involving Council members, local business people and others, in the months since.
A steering committee met last week and decided to launch a more public discussion on a new Facebook page devoted to the idea of a community-owned store. Committee members have done some research and been in touch with Quimper management and earlier this year .
One member of the group, Gabriel Olmsted, said, “I’m hoping that a general goods store can be conceptualized, organized and developed to meet the needs of the community.”
“It’s more than about underwear and socks. It’s really about a new way of the community investing in itself, not just by shopping, but by owning,” Olmsted said.