Moscow Food Co-op officials hope to move its baking operations from the store’s downtown location to the former Panhandle Artisan Bread Company space on North Almon Street this summer.

General Manager Melinda Schab said the Co-op is working on floor plans for the space, which is located at 630 N. Almon St., Suite 110, and bids are out with contractors. The Co-op leased the building in December.

The same baking operations, which is sandwich-style bread and pastries, at the existing East Fifth Street location will take place at the North Almon Street building, Schab said.

In addition, Co-op employees will make artisan style bread that Panhandle Artisan Bread Company Owner Nels Peterson championed at his business before he died in March 2018.

Alycia Rock, Co-op marketing manager, said it will not only be an opportunity to preserve Peterson’s work and legacy, but also fill the artisan bread hole in the community.

Schab said the Co-op has experienced tremendous growth since it moved into its current building in October 2005 and its food preparation areas are particularly tightly squeezed, which prompted the future bakery move to North Almon Street.

Schab said there will not be a retail presence at the new location for at least the first year of operation.

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