Ozark Natural Foods Co-Op in the running for U.S. Building of the Year

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

FAYETTEVILLE — Ozark Natural Foods Co-Op in Fayetteville is a finalist for U.S Building of the Year from World-Architects.

The publication in 2021 chose 44 Buildings of the Week, featuring recently completed projects in the United States, most of which are renovations and adaptive reuse projects like the co-op’s building at the southeast corner of College Avenue and Lafayette Street.

Local architects Modus Studio designed the space, which was previously home to the CV’s Family Foods, Saver’s Club, and IGA grocery stores. Nabholz Construction led the renovation work, while BLKBOX handled the shopper experience and dining atmosphere.

The 32,400-square-foot store opened in June 2020 after closing at its former location in Evelyn Hills Shopping Center.

From the publication:

Ozark Natural Foods Co-Op opened last fall inside a former grocery store that sat empty for years. Instead of simply renovating the interior, Modus Studio also put a new facade on the old building, reoriented the entry, and gave Northwest Arkansas the largest porch around.

The building is one of two finalists from the Northwest Arkansas region. Bentonville’s the Momentary is also included. The contemporary art space and sister project of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2019 at 507 SE E St. in what was an abandoned Kraft Foods cheese factory.

Readers will choose the winner by voting online before Jan. 30. The winner will be announced in early February.

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