PEOPLE'S FOOD CO-OP: SMALL STORE, BIG IDEAS

SOMETIMES IT'S GOOD TO SEE how the other half lives. Across the tracks, on the opposite end of the food retail spectrum, thriving single-unit natural food stores remind conventional retailers what it means to get into the health and wellness business. People's Food Co-op in Portland, Ore., is a prime example. Founded as a buying club in 1970, the 3,000-member community food outlet in the city's bohemian

SOMETIMES IT'S GOOD TO SEE how the other half lives.

Across the tracks, on the opposite end of the food retail spectrum, thriving single-unit natural food stores remind conventional retailers what it means to get into the health and wellness business.

People's Food Co-op in Portland, Ore., is a prime example. Founded as a buying club in 1970, the 3,000-member community food outlet in the city's bohemian Hawthorne section has become a neighborhood focal point, not only for food

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