To Move or not to Move?
by Lynne Lekakis
Strategic Planning committee has been hard at work identifying and sometimes executing the Coop’s next steps with respect to growth, relocation, infrastructure strengthening and product mix, to help us move into the future as a strong, viable business and organization. The committee has been researching and bringing folks together to build consensus on many issues. We wanted to let you know what’s been happening and invite you to attend a membership meeting to talk about our next steps.
The membership meeting will take place on Sunday, October 3 from 6 to 8 pm at the Sage Albany Campus, Campus Center 224. It will be preceded by a social hour and light repast from the HWFC deli.
The Documentation committee is working on a draft of the actual "road map" to the strategic plan, including issues, decisions, actions and who will be responsible for them. A time line is also part of that plan.
The Product Selection committee has presented its first draft of a product manual for the Collective Mangement Team (CMT) to review, and they will next be working on building consensus between the two groups on some issues before circulating the draft further.
The Site committee has decided to stop considering our current building in plans for expansion. Its lack of a loading dock, inadequate parking, and unusual shape make it a difficult space to imagine doing a grocery business in for another period of time. Its low rent has certainly been an attribute, but there is no way to plan for growth in the current configuration. We’ll continue looking for sites in the Central Avenue corridor area and nearby.
The Alternative Supply and Products (ASP) committee has begun meeting and planning their next steps.
We need a quorum of members eligible to vote to begin our meeting, and are counting on your support—attendance counts two hours toward your work requirements!
Childcare may be available, but you must let Nate know by September 28 that you’d like to bring your child(ren). Sign-up sheets for childcare will be posted in the cafe.
If you need a ride to the meeting or would like to volunteer to pick someone up, please let Nate know and we’ll try to make a match for you. (Nate@hwfc.com or 482-2667).
See you there!