Current Remodel News
November 2nd, 2016
by Board Secretary Lisa Barclay
We Love Our Location
After exploring our options in town, we have chosen to stay where we are and invest our resources in making it the best store possible. We’ve spent the last two years researching the various options available to us as well as listening to the desires and needs of our members for their Co-op’s facilities, and the advantages our current location offers, plus financial considerations, and member preference, has led us to conclude that we should take our great little store and remodel it to make it even better.
Modest Expansion for Big Results
It will not be a huge expansion—with the constraints of our property, we can grow relatively little. But a small increase in size combined with rearranging the layout will make our store more comfortable and usable for both members and staff. We’re very excited to see what PJ Hoffman—a long-time designer of co-op grocery stores—will be able to suggest for our rather quirky space. When we first moved into the old bowling alley, it seemed like so much room we didn’t have to plan too carefully what would go where. But now that every inch counts, we’ll be rethinking everything in order to come up with the best layout.
Remind Me—Why Are We Remodeling?
Yes, it’s been awhile since we started this process, so some of the reasons may seem a bit hazy. The store, as I said, began life as a bowling alley, and since then, we’ve been adding a bit here and improving a little there, but we haven’t been able to do a thorough fix. In the meantime, we’ve grown to a store of 6500 members and $14 million a year in sales. We’re squeezed, as you probably notice when you shop at a busy time of day. In addition, the back rooms, which were simply carved out of the original space by adding a few walls, are too crowded and not functional, which adds tremendously to the work load and costs.
What to Expect
Over the next year, we’ll be planning the remodel, arranging financing (and you’ll get a chance to invest in your community grocery), hiring contractors, etc., and then begin the work, probably next summer. We plan to keep the store open throughout the project, but there will be disruptions, so we ask you to bear with us and support the staff in what will certainly be a possibly stressful but exciting time.