Ragpickers Going Co-op, Seeking New Location


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Ragpickers Anti-fashion Emporium and Books in the city’s Exchange District is moving over to a co-op retail model.

Owner Kristen Andrews says the store will be seeking a new home in the coming year, and invites public input toward the transition.

“In the spirit of a changing economic landscape, I believe that ethical employment and sustainable community models are what will enable the new co-op members to have autonomy from the consumer/capitalist model,” Andrews said.

Andrews says there are already plans to move the bookstore and theatre into other independent community centres.

Anyone who wants to be involved in the co-op or discuss the store’s future can attend the Ragpickers Theatre on the second floor of 216 McDermot Avenue on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 p.m.

The date will also mark the last night the space will exist to house the popular trendy retailer.

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