Moving to a larger space will allow the Co-op to do even more of the good things that we already do and a few more things we're looking forward to being able to do. Including...
BUY MORE FROM LOCAL PRODUCERS
In 2016, the Co-op purchased just under $1 million in local goods or approximately 20% of total purchases--our goal is to increase that to $2 million (or 25%) by 2023. Larger sales volume will allow the Co-op to put even more funds into the local food economy by growing our local food purchases.
PROVIDE MORE GOOD-PAYING JOBS
The Co-op currently provides almost 60 quality jobs to members of the community. The new store will allow us to increase that staff by about one third and offer even better pay and benefits to all including a livable wage and more employee profit sharing.
OFFER A GREATER VARIETY OF HEALTHY FOODS
A bigger store will mean more good food to choose from. The expansion will allow us to vastly increase space for our prepared foods, meat & seafood, produce and bulk departments. Based on a economy of scale, as sales volume grows, we will be able to lower our profit margins and offer lower prices to our customers.
EXPAND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
More sales will provide more resources for education and outreach. We already have a vibrant and varied program working with kids and adults in the community on the topics of growing, sourcing and cooking healthful, affordable food. Growing our business will help us increase the impact we make in the community through these efforts.
CONTRIBUTE MORE TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Operating on a larger scale will allow the Co-op to purchase more local goods and services, increase our charitable donations and allocate more profit to owners in the form of patronage dividends. We'll also have more resources to dedicate to advocating for and exploring community investment in the local manufacturing and services sector. We believe our growth can and will create a positive ripple effect in the local economy.