GM Retirement Planning Best Practices, or How to Retire Gracefully

GM Retirement Planning Best Practices, or How to Retire Gracefully When a general manager (GM) is planning to retire, (as opposed to leaving the co-op for another job), the specific date of departure is flexible and known well in advance. The outgoing GM's legacy will be affected by how s/he [...]

Owners Connect Patronage Refunds to Community

City Market's 2014 Co-op Seedling Grant Recipients Onion River Co-op, City Market Burlington, VT Year founded: 1973 Member investment: $200 stock purchase Number of members:  11,083 Retail square feet:  12,000 Number of employees:  255   River Valley Market Northampton, Massachusetts Year founded: 2008 Member investment: $150 stock purchase [...]

What We Learned From Bitter Zucchini

Just because a zucchini plant happens to grow in your garden doesn't mean it will taste like one. Sometimes a wild variety spontaneously gets in and left unchecked, it will take off in all directions only to produce something terribly bitter and completely unpalatable. Much like this rogue zucchini, communications or social [...]

Board’s Role in Cooperative Growth

Since River Valley Market in Northampton, Mass. opened seven years ago, the co-op has been in a continual growth cycle.  Current president of the board, Dorian Gregory, said that when the co-op opened they’d hoped it would be a success.  By all accounts, the cooperative has outstripped projections, and now [...]

Case Study: Open Book Management Changes Co-op Culture

Mississippi Market St. Paul, MN Year founded:  1979 Equity investment:  $90 Number of members:  15,500 Number of employees:  210 Retail locations:  Selby Ave., West 7th, and Dayton’s Bluff opening Sept. 2015 It started with the results of an employee satisfaction survey.  In 2012, Mississippi Market’s management learned some staff questioned [...]

GRO Organic Proposal Could Realize Big Win-Win for Organic Industry

The organic movement is in dire need of funding for consumer education to promote the benefits of organic and research to grow the domestic supply.  National Co+op Grocers (NCG) has been working behind the scenes taking an advocacy role on behalf of its food co-op owners and organic producers. Organic [...]

Expansion Projects Require Great Internal Communication: Before, During and After

As a co-op prepares for an expansion project, clear and effective communication within the co-op is essential for building alignment and commitment.  Here's the short version: Have a plan. Work the plan. Evaluate the plan and revise as needed. Read on as the CDS Consulting Co-op Expansion team fills in some [...]

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Sustaining Wheatsville’s BIG Direction

Last year, Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, Texas opened its second store and inaugurated a new board president.  In the buildup to the second store in South Austin, both the board and management worked diligently to prepare the operations and governance for growth.  Their activities were united under the vision [...]

Case Study: Willy St. Co-op Local Vendor Loan Fund

Willy St. Co-op Madison, WI Year founded:  1974 Equity investment:  $56 individual, $91 household Number of owners:  32,000 Number of employees:  350 Number of business units:  two retail stores, one offsite kitchen There are lots of creative ways that local agriculture is supported by food co-ops throughout the country, but [...]

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