General Manager

Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market
Organization location: 
Wilmington, North Carolina
Apply by: 
Fri, 02/14/2014

Tidal Creek Cooperative, established in 1982 as the founding resource for healthful, sustainable food shopping in Wilmington, NC, is seeking an energetic, imaginative General Manager to lead the business in an environment of rapid economic change and formidable competition. Our beautiful, coastal community and growing local foodshed provide the perfect blank canvas for your ideas and innovation. A highly desirable applicant will have experience managing a dynamic food business and passion towards our vision for local, healthy food, as well as the following characteristics:

Strongly Desired

  • Experience managing a retail food store (as general manager, store manager, operations manager, or district manager)
  • Bottom line accountability for a business with minimum annual sales volume of $5 million
  • Personal and professional values that align with cooperative principles
  • Proven ability to develop and implement a vision
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate others
  • Understanding and ability to communicate the components of financial statements
  • Operating, capital, and cash budgeting experience
  • Ability to manage time and coordinate healthy working culture
  • Proven ability to develop systems and conduct strategic planning
  • Ability to present written and spoken information clearly
  • Demonstrated ability to listen and react appropriately
  • Demonstrated ability to give and receive feedback
  • Skill in use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook


  • Experience in retail natural foods management
  • Experience in retail food co-op management
  • Proven ability in team building
  • Experience selling in a highly competitive market
  • Some understanding of the “local food” movement
  • Experience communicating with and reporting to a board of directors
  • Experience with policy governance
  • Experience returning a business with a negative revenue stream to profitability

To apply, please visit and submit an application to Your application should include the following:

  1. fully completed Tidal Creek application
  2. cover letter which details your qualifications for the position
  3. a resumé of employment

Please direct all questions to the above email address and we will correspond relevant details as the search moves forward. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by February 14, 2013, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact name: 
Justin Murphy