The Collective Management has been working on creating a plan for the Co-op’s future for a number of years now. Our strategy has been to gradually narrow our options over time until we settle on a combination of projects that can meet our needs and that we feel secure moving forward with. This process hasn’t been totally linear, but we are getting closer to making a final decision in the fall. The Collective narrowed our options in February - hopefully you read about it in Grassroots - and we did so again at the end of June with the full support of the Board of Directors. We decided:
To open a small second location by the end of 2023, and continue to pursue retail opportunities or other innovative ventures thereafter.
To not expand our current store. Instead, a committee of the Collective Management will form to conduct smaller-scale improvements on-site.
To continue to look into ways to collaborate with other local co-ops and rad food businesses, but not formally merging with any other local co-ops at this time.
To improve efficiency of systems and structures at the current store with the primary focuses of reducing labor and sustaining or slightly increasing sales.
To acquire and incorporate a warehouse into our operations.
To establish some kind of prepared foods venture (deli, juice bar, café, grab n go, etc.)
We shared that we were bringing these items to the Collective and the Board in the summer Grassroots, but a decision hadn't been made when we went to print. We wanted to be sure to share with Member-Owners that the Collective and the Board agreed that these are the ways to move forward, with minor changes to what we shared in Grassroots.
This decision is exciting: these are the projects and elements that will guide the Co-op into the future and secure our footing for many years to come. We’re looking forward to seeing how they take shape, and where they take us.
The Collective also made these decisions with full support of the Board of Directors, which passed a resolution at their June meeting in support of the six decisions above. You’ll be able to read their statement in the Board meeting minutes by the end of July, on the bottom of this page.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback about these decisions, feel free to get in touch with the Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org or email the Long-term Planning Committee at email@example.com.