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When a Natural Foods Supermarket Arrives in Town, the Co-op Changes.
by Staff"Prospects look pretty good for the co-op"Weaver Street Market

Carrboro, North Carolina 10,000 sq. ft. totaI/7500retail; $3.8M 1993 sales. Target markets: urban population 40,000,...

09 Jan 2004 #053 July - August - 1994
Cooperative Views - from Appalachia to Atlantic Canada
by Dave Gutknecht

An R. Crumb cartoon from the late 1960s (that is, before 1975...) showed a befuddled citizen wondering, "Is dis a movement?' I was left with the same feeling after last October's...

09 Jan 2004 #050 January - February - 1994
Organic Bedding Plants Bonanza
by Paul Skirvin 

With grocery chain competitors and a nearby mass merchandiser carrying bedding plants, I felt that our co-op, Bloomingfoods, should do so too -- only do it a different way...

09 Jan 2004 #056 January - February - 1995
Community Food Co-op
by Jim Ashby

Every day at a busy corner in downtown Bellingham, Washington, thousands of drivers gaze into a bright, bustling cafe. The building itself is an attention grabber, with striking...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
Assessing Board Performance
by Karen Zimbelman

Without a doubt, a co-op's board of directors plays a key role in the co-op's success. Yet too often, an assessment of the board's performance in that role is overlooked or...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Creating Boards That Lead
by Ann Hoyt

The board must play a meaningful and critical role in cooperative affairs. I hope this article will help clarify what the board should be doing, how the board can organize its...

09 Jan 2004 #059 July - August - 1995
Northeast: Cooperatives Seek Integration
by David Fowle

Cooperative Grocers of the Northeast (CGANE or "see-gain") is now in the midst of its second major transformation since the group formed a bit over two years ago. We were initially...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Managing Your Cheese Section
by Ruth Romano

The cheese stands alone, The cheese stands alone, Heigh-ho the derry 0! The cheese stands alone...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Return to Co-op Atlantic
by Jane LivingstonBy Jane Livingston

Atlantic Canada -- the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador has been hard hit by cuts in government spending...

09 Jan 2004 #056 January - February - 1995
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

"All cooperative organizations, in order to best serve the interests of their members and their communities, should actively cooperate in every practical way with other...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
El Salvador Co-ops
by Terry Appleby

This spring a dozen cooperators and students had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador for a firsthand look at coffee production. The trip was sponsored by Equal Exchange, a...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Past Year Fast Here
by Dave Gutknecht

Reviewing a year that has gone by as quickly as this one has shouldn't require more than a few paragraphs! I suspect that for most readers, daily demands and future plans keep...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
Generation Gaps
by Dave Gutknecht

Three different generations gaps can be seen in this edition: First, the annual Retail Operations Survey notes strong growth by many co-ops -- but also an inability to generate new...

09 Jan 2004 #059 July - August - 1995
Grocery: The Core of the Store
by Pam Musante

Details, details, details. I do not know who gets credit for the phrase "retail is detail" -- I heard it for the first time last week in a training session -- but it succinctly...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Hang Together - Or Be Hanged Separately
by Dave Gutknecht

The World of Food Co-ops: Powerful results can be achieved, as the previous edition's report on Co-op Atlantic shows, by a cooperative food system that is embedded in the local...

09 Jan 2004 #057 March - April - 1995
Herbs / Supplements / Health and Beauty
by Marcia Owings

Over the past five years, our co-op has gone through tremendous growth and has had to work hard to keep up. Like many other natural foods stores, Sevananda has had to restructure,...

09 Jan 2004 #059 July - August - 1995
Hiring A General Manager
by Carolee Colter

I don't want to disappoint my readers. This article is not going to tell you where to find a general manager. If I knew a source of well-qualified people eager to be managers of...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
Learning From A Failure
by Gillian Butler

In the aftermath of an attempt to expand which was successfully opposed by disaffected members and employees, the board of directors of the co-op in Davis, California has returned...

09 Jan 2004 #057 March - April - 1995
Member Services, Education and Outreach
by Theresa Carbrey

Most of us who work in cooperatives are excited by the vision of an alternative form of business ownership. With open membership, democratic control and shared participation in the...

09 Jan 2004 #057 March - April - 1995
Merchandising Management
by Marie Greenfield

"Pardon me, mam. You look confused. Is there something I can help you find or a question I can answer?"

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody
by John Mabbott

In coffee shops, break rooms, and breakfast nooks across this country playground scuffles are taking place between inner children. "My upbringing was worse than yours" has replaced...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Shopper Credit Cards and Member-Owner Benefits
by Alan Mathewson

I just read an article in Supermarket News indicating that within a year or so it will be common for shoppers at Publix or Kroger or Winn Dixie to present "cobranded" credit cards...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Abuse -- and Answers
by Dave Gutknecht

Themes from this edition on co-op managers, their boards of directors, and co-op members:

Retail management is a complex, demanding job: juggling product,...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Merchandising Body Care and Supplements
by Janda Grove

Supplements and body care items offer unique challenges and opportunities to your store. Many co-op stores have small departments for these categories because they began as food...

09 Jan 2004 #066 September - October - 1996
Co-op Conference: Getting Out of Hand?
by Dave Gutknecht

Milwaukee in May: over three hundred managers, directors, and others often seen in co-ops were seen here for over three thousand minutes. They enjoyed bowling, schmoozing, dancing...

09 Jan 2004 #065 July - August - 1996