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Renovations planned for New Pioneer Co-op locations

Iowa City, Coralville stores to get upgrades

A customer browses the bakery section at the downtown Iowa City New Pioneer Co-op. (The Gazette)
A customer browses the bakery section at the downtown Iowa City New Pioneer Co-op. (The Gazette)

Renovations at the Iowa City and Coralville locations of New Pioneer Co-op will bring changes to the deli sections at the grocery stores.

An online announcement of the plans said the changes will include new large hot bars and salad bars, as well as new frozen and meat department fixtures, in both stores, with construction scheduled to be completed by the end of summer.

The Iowa City store’s deli will be out of service beginning Monday, May 6, but already prepared soups, salads, sandwiches and drip coffee still will be available.

Changes were not announced for the Cedar Rapids location, which opened in 2014.

The Iowa City store, 22 S. Van Buren St., will receive a small seating area and new check stands. Changes in Coralville, at 1101 Second St., include an addition of a juice and smoothie station in partnership with NewBo City Market vendor Get Fresh.

Other renovations will include improving the efficiency of lighting, refreshing paint and decongesting traffic flow.

The online announcement also included plans to begin offering online grocery orders with store-based pickup this summer and a small initial pilot of a delivery program. The co-op’s website didn’t specify if those services would be available at all its venues.

Calls to New Pioneer marketing officers were not returned by deadline for this article.

l Comments: (319) 398-8339; alison.gowans@thegazette.com

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