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Willy North
It is a pleasure to announce Jenny Skowronek has been hired as the Willy North Store Manager. Jenny was hired in 2010 as the Front End Manager of Willy West. One of her immediate tasks is to hire department managers for the North retail! And, they in turn hire support staff for the entire operation.

Interested in applying for a job? Visit to apply online.

Community Informational Meetings
We want to hear from you, your neighbors, and anyone else you know who may be planning to shop the third store. Interested to hear our plans and see the layout? Want to tell us what products you would like to see? Interested in employment with the Co-op or purchasing an Owner Bond to support Willy North? Want to learn how to give the gift of Co-op Ownership? We’ll be at a variety of northside events to meet you and answer your questions! Information about the meetings and locations on the north side will be posted on our website at, on social media, and in our next Reader.

Owner Bond Drive

Sixteen days into the Bond Drive we have raised $352,500! You still have ample opportunity to buy a bond to support theopening of Willy North.

Thanks to Ellen Powers, our first Willy North Owner Bond buyer.

The Co-op has borrowed money from Owners going all the way back to 1974, when we used Owner Bonds to open our first location, then our second and now our third location. Owner Bonds are a great way to lend support to the Co-op’s expansion and participate in your Co-op’s economics. Each Owner Bond you purchase shows your support and contributes to your Co-op’s success.

Information about Owner Bonds has been posted to and at our Owner Resources Areas at Willy East and Willy West. You may also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, or find out more

Another way you can support the Co-op’s expansion is through the gift of Ownership.

Give the Gift of Ownership
The community can support Willy North by helping others become Owners, which helps your Co-op leverage cash and debts. Simply contact or stop by Customer Service at East or West and we will create a gift card in the amount of equity you would like to give. You may make their first payment or pay in-full, it’s up to you how much to invest. We’ll give you the gift card and a packet that includes a letter explaining how to sign up for Ownership, a blank Fair Share contract, an Ownership brochure, and information on the Access Discount. The recipient of your gift will have all they need to easily sign-up for Ownership the next time (or first time!) they shop. New Owners who demonstrate financial eligibility may sign up for the Access Discount Program right away, and use it to take a free class and extend their limited food budgets even further. Purchasing someone’s first equity payment or a fully invested Ownership will make a great gift with lasting value for both your new Owner friend and your Co-op.

Timeline To Willy North

  • Ongoing: Participation in northside community meetings and events.
  • May 15th: Willy Street Co-op gained access to 2817 North Sherman Avenue (former site of Pierce’s Northside Market), began construction at the new Willy North (two weeks prior to original anticipated date).
  • Mid-to-Late Summer: Open store to customers.
  • Fall: Grand opening event.

Annual Meeting & Party
Save the date for the Annual Meeting and Party (AMP) Thursday, July 14th, festivities begin at 4:00pm at Madison’s Central Park, also the site of La Fete de Marquette.

At the AMP, you’ll hear an update about Willy North, staffing changes at the Co-op, highlights of the fiscal year, and you will not only have an opportunity to meet the Board candidates, but you can also cast your ballot. If you prefer to vote online; please make certain we have your current email address and instructions will be sent to you; please check in at Customer Service at either retail for assistance.

Community Pharmacy
As you may have seen on the news, Community Pharmacy (a cooperative) is reporting a drastic decline in shoppers at their State Street storefront. They are requesting their customers make one extra visit per month to help their financial situation or they may be forced to close their doors within the year. Both locations (they have a second location in Middleton) offer full prescription pharmacies and they accept most every insurance plan including, Unity, Navitus and GHC. A pharmacist is always on hand to answer questions about drug interactions. If you haven’t been in the downtown store, consider checking it out the next time you’re on State Street!

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