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Mississippi Market Manages Changes
by Paul Eaves

Mississippi Market operated for twelve years out of a rented building with 1,200 square feet of retail and 1,500 square feet of basement and backroom storage. We ultimately did $1,890,000 in...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
Tucson Co-ops Recover
by Dave Gutknecht

After fifteen months of debt-heavy operations, Tucson's Food Conspiracy Cooperative closed its 24,000 square foot natural foods supermarket in mid-December. Hoping to save its original store, now...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
Does Practice Reflect Purpose?
by Karen Zimbelman

Why is your co-op structured as a co-op? How important is your co-op structure to your daily operations? How much of a role does your co-op structure play in your marketing? your employee training...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
Magic Mill Gains Co-op Market Share
by Mel Braverman 

 

Editor's Note: In recent years, there has been much growth in existing food co-ops, but only a few new retails. In some of these startup ventures, leadership by...

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
What Good Is A Business Plan?
by Mary Myers

Editor's note: This article is the first in a series of three articles on Business Plans for co-ops.

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
What Good Is A Business Plan?
by Walden Swanson

Editor's note: This article is the first in a series of three articles on Business Plans for co-ops.

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Berkeley: Lessons for Co-op Leaders
by Karen Zimbelman

Editor's note: I published several thousand words of my own on the decline of the Berkeley Co-op and related lessons, three years ago in Cooperative Grocer #18 & 19 (1988)....

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Co-op Principle 5: Continuous Education
by Fred Guy (adapted from Co-op Times)

One reason cooperatives need to educate about cooperatives is that assumptions about how businesses operate are not always appropriate to cooperatives. If co-op members, officers, and employees...

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Babyseat Rental Program at Hanover Co-op
by Andrea Williams

As you climb the stairs to the offices above the food store at the Hanover Co-op, you can't help but notice all the babyseats stacked to the ceiling on the adjacent ledge. People comment on them...

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Making an End of It at New Pioneer
by Theresa Carbrey

Editor's note: The reality of business development is that our best laid plans are often led astray. When that happens in a cooperative, after making sure that everything that...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Making an End of It at New Pioneer
by Denise Chevalier

Editor's note: The reality of business development is that our best laid plans are often led astray. When that happens in a cooperative, after making sure that everything that...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Co-op Distributors Close: Mountain Warehouse and WholeFood Express
by Dave Gutknecht

Two more cooperative food distributors disappeared in 1991: Mountain Warehouse, a small operation formerly serving a large Southeast region -- that story is related in the...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Firing: When Worse Comes to Worse
by Carolee Colter

Firing is an emotional business for the manager and for the employee. There's no denying that losing a job can be a shattering event in someone's life. The person responsible for the decision to...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Disappearing Distributors
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition's stories on the demise of two cooperative distributors, Mountain Warehouse and WholeFood Express, prompt some further reflections on the state of food cooperative retails and their...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Closing Mountain Warehouse
by Joel Landau

Mountain Warehouse was a cooperatively owned distributor of natural foods, with 1990 sales of $2.2 million. Located in Durham, North Carolina, it serviced accounts throughout North Carolina and...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Setting Up The New Meat Department
by Mark Braskie

Since the reason for establishing a retail meat department is to expand the line of product and provide additional service to the customer while enjoying increased sales and gross profit, careful...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
A "Non-Working, Non-Worrying" Member
by Paul Cultrera

"Non-Working, Non-Worrying" member Paul Cultrera responds to the article about exemptions for co-op member labor programs in the July-August 1991 issue of Cooperative Grocer by Shady DeJong and...

09 Jan 2004 #036 September - October - 1991
Creating a Co-op Niche
by Fred Stapenhorst

Who are we marketing to? Who is our primary competition? What is the demographic profile of the population that is inclined to shop in our stores? What is our buying power in relation to other...

09 Jan 2004 #036 September - October - 1991
Exemption Sought For Co-op Member Labor Programs
by Staff

[Shady DeJong and Kathleen Campbell from La Montanita Food Co-op contributed the following report.]

When La Montanita Food Co-op was told by the Labor Department that our participating...

09 Jan 2004 #035 July - August - 1991
Protecting Member Loan Programs
by Karen Zimbelman

As readers may recall, the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling specifically about co-op loan programs. In the case, Reves v. Ernst and Young, the court determined that some loans by...

09 Jan 2004 #035 July - August - 1991
Cambridge Central Square Saga
by Richard Short

Don't expect your trip to a new store to exactly follow your best laid plans. You will experience some detours and surprises.

We've just completed the expansion and relocation ofthe...

09 Jan 2004 #034 May - June - 1991
Two Co-ops, One General Manager
by Dave Berner

Can two cooperatives, both successful natural food retails, share a general manager? For a year ending this past April, Davis Food Co-op and Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, two stores 15 miles...

09 Jan 2004 #034 May - June - 1991
Who Benefits From Co-op Member Labor?
by Dave Gutknecht

Recent applications of Department of Labor minimum wage and related requirements to co-op member labor -- where members receive a discount on purchases in exchange for co-op work -- have...

09 Jan 2004 #034 May - June - 1991
Tax Deduction Supports Accessible Remodeling
by Dave Gutknecht

Proposed rules requiring handicapped accessibility for retail businesses and public establishments of all types were announced in January 1991 by the U.S. government -- the latest step in...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
Preparing For Expansion
by Bill GessnerLosing Market Share?

Many of today's retail food cooperatives now have a history of ten to twenty years. Meanwhile, the natural foods industry and the natural foods market that co-ops helped...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991