VIRGINIA, Minn. -

The Natural Harvest Food Co–op in Virginia is nearly doubling its size because so many people from all over the Iron Range come to shop there.

The expansion is projected to cost $3 million. The move is expected to be done by June first of 2017.

The co–op received help from the city as well as the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

The goal is that owners of the store as well as shoppers and community members will all benefit from the increased selection and a new classroom.

There will be cooking classes and healthy eating classes all to promote better living.

The owner says this is one of the many things that makes the co–op so unique.

Anja Parenteau, the General Manager, said "A lot of our products are at other places but we have a sense of community and what is best is we aren't owned by a corporation."