We are continuing to investigate options for a centralized office space for Co-op administrative staff. The goal is two-fold—to free up space in our retail locations for essential site staff and to create greater synergies and efficiencies throughout the organization by having some teams centralized. You might be hearing more about specific locations soon, and accordingly I want to keep this on your radar.
Willy East Remodel Update
We are so close to having finalized plans to share with you! Our construction manager and general contractor are working on final estimate numbers; we know we have a maximum amount to spend (up to $4 million), but we need to ensure we have designed a project that falls under that cap. The goal is to start construction this month or next, weather permitting, and have an overall phased approach to construction lasting eight to ten months. This is a busy time for the Co-op, and we will do our best to minimize disruptions to your shopping experience. Please keep an eye on the Co-op’s website and social media for more updates over the coming weeks.
Did you know that ~28% of U.S. landfills are made up of food scraps and yard waste? I’m happy to share that Willy Street Co-op is going to be tackling this issue by composting our stores’ and Kitchen’s green residual waste! Starting mid-September the Co-op began collecting organic waste from our Delis, Juice Bars and Produce departments. Partnering with Purple Cow Organics, that waste will become compost, rather than taking up space in the Dane County landfill. We are hoping to also expand collection to the Commons areas this fall.
Google Apps for Business
We have an exciting internal development unfolding over the next year. The Co-op is transitioning to Google Apps for Business to handle much of our behind-the-scenes administrative work. This is a big change for all staff, one that we anticipate will bring greater ease and versatility in our workplace.
Co-op Month & Owner appreciation weekend
Mark your calendars for October 11, 12 and 13 when we’ll be celebrating our Owners—you!
We will be offering samples and a whole grocery list of great prices on some of your favorite products throughout the weekend. And, on Sunday, come meet your Board of Directors who will be serving birthday cake beginning at 11:00am, both retail locations, until it is gone.