News and Notes

CDS is pleased to announce that Mark Goehring, current board president of Brattleboro Food Co-op, will be joining our consulting group providing board development services. Mark is a visionary leader with a strong grasp of tools for board effectiveness. We look forward to helping Mark extend his contributions to food co-ops.

River Valley Market in Northhampton, Mass. announces that they have secured a lease on property to build a new co-op food store! Pete Davis says the site has very good potential. CDS has provided board development, location analysis, financial pro forma, and planning support to RVM and their manager Rochelle Prunty.

Grocery managers of 15 food co-ops in the NCGA northeast chapter participated in a two-day workshop with Mel Braverman and Janda Grove. Several “best practices” were identified in the follow-up on CoCoGAP goals set in May for sales growth, labor, margin and inventory turns. On day the group learned specific merchandising techniques applied their learning at the Brattleboro Co-op by critiquing promotional displays and discussing their visual impact.

Hanover Co-op hosted the first ever CoCoCookEase workshop for co-ops that provide prepared foods in more than one location. Weaver Street Market, one of the eight co-ops participating has already made some significant changes based on what they got from the meeting.

Lexington Food Co-op in Buffalo, N.Y. has announced that it has secured the necessary funding to proceed with its new building. With support from CDS’s Bill Gessner, the co-op raised over $560,000 in loans from its members for the project.

Harvest Co-op Supermarkets in Boston has contracted with CDSand Rob Martin to provide interim general management services. Both stores have been reset and plans are underway to improve the façade in Cambridge and redo the POS/pricing structures.

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