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Dill Pickle's Dream of Huge New Location Still Alive Saturday, July 23

LOGAN SQUARE — The Dill Pickle Food Co-op's plans to move into a new, much larger home on Milwaukee Avenue have been delayed.

The food co-op, which has been growing quickly since its birth in 2005, had originally hoped to move into its new location in the early spring of this year.

The plans to move into the new location at 2746 N. Milwaukee Ave. are still on track, but it's likely the co-op that will be more than six times the size of the current location won't open until early 2017.

Milestones and More Saturday, July 23

Among awards and milestones reported here and celebrated at the 60th annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) gathering, it is remarkable to note the 80th anniversary of Hanover Consumer Co-op and the 90th of Chatham Grocery Co-op. More within living memory, the 1970s marked the origin of most contemporary food co-ops, and this year we have an impressive class of 21 co-ops celebrating their 40th anniversary. Finally, in recent years many new food co-ops have successfully launched store operations, including 10 more during the past year.

Hybrid Startup Serves Island Community Saturday, July 23

Introduction: Outside the Mold

by Stuart Reid, Food Co-op Initiative

Among the hundreds of communities starting new food co-ops, there are always those who don’t fit the mold—some because they have unique visions, some because they have unique situations. Either of these can make it difficult to find the right solutions to becoming successful, sustainable food co-ops.

Keith Nyitray Saturday, July 23

Keith Nyitray is founder and board chair of the Sitka Food Cooperative in Sitka, Alaska.

Sitka Food Co-op

P.O. Box 6407

Sitka AK 99835

National Co+op Grocers Recognizes Co+efficient Sustainability Stars Saturday, July 23

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) was pleased to present Co+efficient Sustainability Star awards to 14 co-ops in Chapel Hill, N.C. this spring.            

Introduced in 2014, Co+efficient is a sustainability program designed to improve co-ops’ social, environmental, and local economic impacts. It offers a common framework for co-ops to measure their sustainability baseline, analyze strengths and opportunities, and improve sustainability results using program tools and resources.

The Co-op Farm & Garden Sees Business Grow Friday, July 22

Mike Youngquist, general manager of The Co-op Farm & Garden in Sequim announces that the store had another year of growth in 2015.

Store Manager Friday, July 22

Apply online at https://msmarket.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Mississippi Market, St. Paul's premier natural and organic food cooperative, celebrates the joy of eating locally, healthfully and responsibly.

We're consumer owned and controlled and have been since we opened in 1979. We offer high quality, fair-priced goods and services, while working toward a sustainable local economy and global environment and promoting the cooperative principles.

ICDC to Host Worker Cooperatives Event Friday, July 22

Blake Jones, co-founder of Namaste Solar, will share how he converted his company to an employee-owned cooperative and solar electric company with offices in Colorado, New York, and California. He will discuss the "how, when and why" of the conversion and share lessons learned along the way. 

Learn more about worker co-ops and worker ownership at this Indiana Cooperative Development Center succession planning event on August 18,2016. You'll learn how to transition a small business to a worker co-op. 

Food Co-op Philosophy Worth Saving Friday, July 22

Attention Tacoma shoppers: This week’s closing of The Central Co-op Sixth Avenue site is a perfect case of not knowing what we had until it’s gone.

It came like a jolt. Citing irreconcilable differences with the landlord, the store pulled the plug with no notice to either employees or shoppers. Both are feeling bereft, and rightly so.

The co-op called itself a “solidarity cooperative.” Its website states: “We are owned and democratically controlled by customers and workers.”

Willy Street Co-op Turns a Profit After a $317,000 Loss Thursday, July 21

The opening of a third location next month wasn’t the only big announcement touted at the Willy Street Co-op annual meeting last week.

Anya Firszt, the co-op’s general manager, told the crowd of about 5,000 at Central Park on Thursday that the co-op is out of the red and was profitable during the 2016 fiscal year that ended July 3.

Co-operative Retailers Must Drive ‘Revolution in Food’ Wednesday, July 20

As part of the IGD Convenience Retailing Summit in London on 16 June, Phil Ponsonby from Midcounties Co-operative told delegates that convenience stores must revise their range and style for the modern shopper. At the time of the summit, Mr Ponsonby was group general manager for food retail. He has since been appointed deputy chief executive for trading.

Dandelion Market Getting Back to Its Roots Wednesday, July 20

Despite warnings that the Carbondale Community Food Co-op was a sinking ship financially just a few months ago, the new general manager said her team has been able to turn their luck around.

The food co-op, newly re-branded as Dandelion Market, has actually increased wages for its employees and decreased the markup on its products from 50 percent to 35 percent.

The co-op also started partnering with other local businesses, like Señor Taco Show, Bonfire Coffee and Village Smithy, to be their organic food supplier.

Meat & Cheese Department Manager Wednesday, July 20

Los Alamos Cooperative Market in Los Alamos, New Mexico, is seeking a Meat & Cheese Department Manager. This is a full-time position (=>40 hours/5 days per week), must be available early mornings and weekends.

Pay scale is   $14.00 to $26.00/hr and benefits include paid time off (PTO); 18% employee discount, 80% paid healthcare

For more info and a full job description, see the attachments here

Provide written notification of interest directly to: Tim or email [email protected]

Greene Hill Food Co-op to Lose Lease Wednesday, July 20

Clinton Hill, Brooklyn NY— The Greene Hill Food Co-op could be forced to move from its current location as the building’s owners seek to sell the property, the co-op's president said.

The co-op received notice on June 29 that the landlords will be terminating the building’s lease to sell the property at 18 Putnam Ave., co-op president Keith Almon told DNAinfo.

Almon said the notice to terminate the five-year lease, which was just renewed for another five years, came as a complete surprise.

Wheatsville Food Co-op's Fresh Take on Mobility Wednesday, July 20

[advertorial] Wheatsville Food Co-op is a cooperative grocery store that’s been serving Austin, Texas since 1976. With work space at a premium at their two locations, Wheatsville needed a Windows 10 tablet to free staff to be productive anywhere — allowing them to get out of the cramped, noisy space in the back of the stores and out on the floor.

Tacoma Food Co-op Shutdown Comes as Surprise Wednesday, July 20

The Central Co-op on Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue never opened its doors early Monday [July 18, 2016].

The co-op’s board unexpectedly shut the grocery without warning to members and customers. An email from Dean DeCrease, Central Co-op board chair, was sent to co-op patrons early Monday.

Workers were loading food onto wood pallets early Monday as bewildered customers wandered up to the front door.

Seattle-based Central Co-op merged with the Tacoma Food Co-op in December.

Human Resources Generalist Friday, July 22

Apply online at https://msmarket.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Mississippi Market, St. Paul's premier natural and organic food cooperative, celebrates the joy of eating locally, healthfully and responsibly.

We're consumer owned and controlled and have been since we opened in 1979. We offer high quality, fair-priced goods and services, while working toward a sustainable local economy and global environment and promoting the cooperative principles.

Growing Pains Wednesday, July 20

Assabet Village Co-op Market in Maynard, MA has learned that starting a new food co-op takes time, energy, patience, and a lot of work. And that sometimes, after sharing the idea beyond the original group, a shift in name and image in needed.  Our thanks to Siobain Mitchell, who has been with Assabet Village from the beginning,  for sharing one of their Growing Pains with us. 

Siobain Mitchell Sunday, July 17

Assabet Village Cooperative

54 Main St, Suite 205

Maynard, MA 01754

Natural Foods the Star at Hub City Co-op Friday, July 22

Downtown Spartanburg is growing, and one example of that growth lies in the newly-opened Hub City Co-op.

The co-op, located at 176 N. Liberty St., Spartanburg, is the first of its kind in South Carolina. It is a community-owned natural grocery store, but you don’t have to be an owner to shop there. Shopping at the co-op is a unique experience.