Merc Co-op to open cafe in Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence Public Library, pictured Aug. 20, 2015.

The Merc Co-op will be opening a cafe at the Lawrence Public Library next month.

The café will offer a variety of coffee, tea, juice and pastries made at The Merc, as well as popular packaged deli items such as sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups, according to a news release.

“We are always exploring how we can provide our community with more access to good, local food,” said Merc General Manager Rita York Hennecke in the release.

The Merc, 901 Iowa St., is a local full-service grocery store that includes a deli and café.

“The Merc Co-op and Lawrence Public Library are two truly local establishments dedicated to the well-being of our community,” said Library Director Brad Allen.

The café at the library will function much like the main store, and will accept Merc coupons. Co-op owners will also receive patronage for purchases at the library location, and senior co-op owners will receive 5 percent off purchases on Tuesday.

The café will open in January in the lobby of the library, 707 Vermont St. It will be open daily until 6 p.m.