Store Planning

Getting the Design Right

By Nicole Klimek 174 September-October 2014 The store design process is easy to research, and the basics are easy to comprehend: –Programming –Design development –Construction documents and administration –Construction and installation –Project completion Follow this process, and voila! You have your dream store, right? Not quite. Before we dive in, [...]

The Right Fit: Facility Considerations for your Co-op

By Debbie Suassuna 156 September - October - 2011 There are a number of characteristics that can add to or detract from a natural food co-op store’s opportunity for success. We’ve covered location and site characteristics to be considered in planning a natural foods co-op store. This article discusses facility [...]

Efficient Store Design

P.J. Hoffman has spent his career in retail and wholesale food cooperatives, and is experienced in all aspects of store operations and design. “All throughout my career what drives me is the power of ­locally owned economic institutions. I believe our economic system is better off with more co-ops in [...]

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Choosing the Right Location for your Co-op

Guest Presenter: Rochelle Prunty, GM, River Valley Market, Northampton, MA Why is location so important? What site characteristics should you look for? When do you need a market study? When should you hire a professional to vet your location options? When should a group start looking for a site? (or [...]

Market Research: Projecting Sales Potential and Finding the Right Site

A professional market study will provide you with the best information on what you can expect in sales volume from your new co-op. Your bankers and members will have more confidence as well. This presentation will explain what you will get from a proper market study and what to look [...]