Archives for July 2015

  • So what’s the big deal with our store reset? | 07.16.2015

    IMG_4903We just finished our store reset!  So what’s the big deal?  Read what our GM, Mike Howard, has to say:

    I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about some of the many exciting things happening at our Co-op. As many of you may have already noticed, we have moved things around a little… ok, well a lot. And many of your favorite products are in new locations throughout the store. Our reasons for doing that were

    One, to improve flow and item location to make our Co-op easier to shop, and
    Two, to generate over 150 linear feet of aisle space to expand variety throughout the store.

    150 linear feet of retail space might come as a surprise because now our Co-op feels so much more open. How could we have created that much aisle space? We utilized space better by rearranging the bulk department to add another aisle of product and thoughtfully rearranging product on the shelves to make better use of shelf space. We also decreased the width of the endcaps to generate a more open, welcoming feel. These changes allowed us to add roughly 400 new products throughout the store!

    The reset was a huge, tedious task and it took a lot of hard work and long hours from our staff, many member volunteers, our main distributor (UNFI), plus many other brokers and sales representatives. We all put our heads and experience together and decided, as a team – what are some staple products our Co-op is missing? We went through every section with a fine tooth comb, using national and regional sales data in addition to all our own individual experience and combined knowledge of the natural foods industry. The result is even better then we could have imagined. We have expanded varieties on everyday products in key categories, such as

    – Condiments
    – Nut butters
    – Ethnic foods
    – Packaged grains
    – Soups
    – Pasta
    – Coffee
    – Hot cereal
    – Dried fruit
    – Baking items
    – Packaged spices
    – Snack items
    – Beverage
    – Cold pressed juices
    – Probiotic drinks
    – and so many more!

    If by chance you have not been in for a while, we welcome you to come by and see the improvements we’ve made to our Co-op.

    In addition to the improved variety and flow, we have been working hard on value. The department managers are buying more aggressively so we can have more aggressive prices. Make sure you check out the wall of values as you enter the store and see what great deals are available! And throughout the store we have so many Co-op Deals, Member Prices and Manager Specials to add value and variety to your shopping experience.

    IMG_5263[1]The end result more shoppable store that will reduce the need to shop other stores. Our hope is that you will concentrate your shopping to the Co-op and help us make it stronger.

    If by chance we have not have not met, or you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to ask for me the next time you are in and I would be happy to chat.

    Your Co-op General Manager,
    Mike Howard

    Want to see more pictures?  Check out the album on our Facebook page or our last blog.  Better yet, come to the store and see for yourself!