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New Pioneer Co-op

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wish there were a lot more locations!

This place is absolutely wonderful and we love what it represents. The options are numerous for organic and unprocessed foods. The prices may be slightly higher but it is well worth the up-charge knowing what you are getting. We just wish it weren't over an hour away from us. The addition of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2014
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Employees are very nice and helpful. I have had problems with bread freshness and cleaness. But, I do love the bread. In grocery, they need to work on a better selection and price compared to new places. If you have a suggestion or problem there is not a person to take care of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place is absolutely wonderful and we love what it represents. The options are numerous for organic and unprocessed foods. The prices may be slightly higher but it is well worth the up-charge knowing what you are getting. We just wish it weren't over an hour away from us. The addition of the Cedar Rapids location will be slightly closer... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

PI was recommended to us by a friend in MN. We actually drove out of our way to stop there on our way home from CO and we were so glad we did! We were looking for organic, fresh and healthy and PI did not disappoint. I had the Papagayo, a vegetarian sandwich on PI sourdough bread. The sandwich was... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Went to New Pi on a Sunday Morning. Two of us and one got a gluten free breakfast sandwich and one got a Croissant breakfast sandwich. Made to order--you fill out a paper marking what items you want on your sandwich. Then they make it right there while you wait. Have 2 nice areas with booths and tables where you... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Love the Co-op and it is worth becoming a member! Great for organic and they do a wonderful job promoting local producers. Great cheese and bread and the desserts are very good. So many great things to pick from, but you should try the stuffed meatloaf and Dr. Wahl's Kale Salad. We love the smoothies and the big scones (split... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This co-op has it all, including the knowledgeable staff that is there to assist with any sort of question. The food is definitely pricey, but you are presumably paying for better quality, better ingredients and more fair market practices (as with most of these places, whether you are or not is a toss up, usually). If I lived in Iowa... More 

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Wayne, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

New Pi has been an Iowa City institution for decades and with good reason. The selection is great and the staff is fun and friendly. Oh how I miss shopping here on a weekly basis.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

After 8 years in Iowa City and a recent move across the US, the New Pi is the thing I miss the most from IC. My kids grew up shopping there. They have truly set a new standard for me in regards to organic grocery stores. Yes, they are a bit more expensive than HyVee, Walmart and others but the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I love the Co-Op! My positive memories of Iowa City will always include this great store, with great staff and a great selection. From the fresh baked pastries, to the organic and exotic produce, it's my favorite food shop in Iowa City. My only complaint is that they stopped making Sushi with cooked meat. The cooked Tuna and Salmon was... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The only organic store in the area and the prices are very reasonable! There is a surcharge if you are not a member but the surcharge is very small!

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  • Address: Main, Iowa City, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City

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