“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” -Mae West
And, we have many wonderful things to be grateful for!
This year was a wonderful reminder of what a community can do when we cooperate together. Our Board was willing to take a risk in opening a store on the north side and our dedicated and passionate staff worked with our Owners and the communityto make that a reality. You, our Owners, supported your Co-op with your buying dollars and by purchasing $1.5 million in Owner bonds, which was the bulk of the funding that supported Willy North. The northside community sought your Co-op as their grocery of choice when their local grocery closed, and our eastside and westside communities were generous in sharing their resources. Thank you, thank you.
You have all been so supportive of us and we wish to show you our appreciation by asking you to join us in Celebration of Co-op Month this October.
We have planned a shopping list of exciting events to celebrate Co-op Month and our 42nd birthday—birthday cake served by Board members, Owner-only sales, free samples, giveaways, opportunities to win prizes and more! Thank you for being a Co-op Owner and for shopping at your Co-op. Our Owner Appreciation celebration runs Monday, October 10th–Sunday, October 16th. See a schedule of events on page 16.
We have planned an all-staff picnic to show our appreciation, which includes closing early - all stores closing at 6:00pm Saturday, October 8th. Our staff worked very hard to get Willy North open, and to keep operations at Willy Westand Willy East running smoothly after the departures of the long-time store managers and hiring of new staff members. They have certainly earned a party!
Settling at Willy North
Last month we celebrated Willy North being open with a grand opening celebration. I hope that you were able to come and check it out! All of the major projects there should be complete by the time you read this, and we’ll continue to work through our punch list of smaller things. I wanted to mention a few items in particular:
- We had originally hoped to be able to accept WIC when we opened, but had some unforeseen challenges. On September 19th we were able to start accepting WIC, and we consider that a major accomplishment in our drive to make Willy North affordable for all shoppers.
- Because City approval of outdoor seating can take up to 60 days—and because it’s Wisconsin and snow could fly at any time—there is slim chance we could tackle this project this fall, weather-permitting. If not, we’ll have to wait until spring to add the outdoor seating area.
Your Co-op is now over 34,000 Owners strong and continues to grow. Thank you for continuing to make this 100 percent locally owned and operated business a generous cornerstone of the community. We look forward to seeing you in the stores this month to celebrate what you have all accomplished together.