From the Kootenay Co-op to the Nelson Commons!

In June 2013, the Co-op became proud owners of their new home, an ideal property at the east end of the downtown core. This marked the end of many years of searching for a property that would provide the Co-op a desperately-needed larger space, as well as the opportunity to own its own home for the first time in its almost 40 year history .

After careful consideration, the Co-op made a bold move: instead of refurbishing the existing building and lot, we developed the site for multiple purposes and people. The Nelson Commons project, as it is now known, includes 54 residential units,  commercial spaces for other  local businesses, indoor and outdoor parking and public green space.

The Kootenay Co-op moved into 777 Baker Street on Dec 8, 2016. The last condo unit was sold in August 2017, and currently two retail spaces are leased and another has been sold. The greenspace has been redesigned to accommodate more public use, and the planting and excavation for Phase II was completed in 2018, and paving with permeable pavers was completed in 2019. Planting, lighting, and art installations will be an ongoign project. Nelson District Credit Union has donated eight solar panels in the Nelson Solar Garden so that the electricity for lighting the greenspace will be 100% renewable!

Store facts:

  • Retail space: 21,000 sq. ft.
  • Cafe seats: 54
  • Commercial Kitchen size: 1,900 sq. ft.
  • New full-service Butcher Shop
  • New Food Service area with hot food and salad bar
  • New teaching kitchen
  • Expanded cheese selection and olive and tapas bar in the Deli

Virtual tour of the Kootenay Co-op at 777 Baker

Thanks to the following donors and supporters for contributing toward the Nelson Commons greenspace: