All of our efforts in the near term will be focused on helping our General Manager, Duncan guide the store through this tough time. Inventory is being closely managed although this means that at times we may be out of something you need. Other adjustments are being made to ensure the Co-op is operating as efficiently as possible at all times. Each of us on the board will be donating time in August to be in the store, helping you have a great shopping experience. Duncan has already implemented many elements of our “30-60-90 day plan” developed in May and we are working on a variety of new ways to improve the store and encourage more traffic and greater sales. The board’s efforts are important but alone will be insufficient.
The Co-op needs your help now! Here are five things we need you to do:
- Shop CreekSide first. The Co-op’s employees are doing their best to give you a good store experience with the products you want. Shop Creekside before you go to the shore! Shop CreekSide for your barbecue needs, for beautiful local produce, for great sushi, and for your deli and prepared foods needs. Take a friend or neighbor to the Co-op for lunch or dinner - especially someone who you think doesn’t visit us often.
- Add to your member equity. To help with cash flow during these challenging months, the Co-op is launching a special program of a 20% credit to your EasyShop account (minimum of $500) for new equity contributions. (Limited time offer!)
- Get a $200 EasyShop credit by adding $1,000 in new equity.
- Get a $100 EasyShop credit by adding $500 in new equity.
- Get a neighbor or friend to become a Co-op member. Invite a neighbor who is not yet a member to join the Co-op and with a $500 equity payment, they too can get $100 added to their EasyShop account.
- Add to your EasyShop account. This helps the Co-op with cash flow and with minimizing credit card charges.
- Join CreekSide Resources. The Co-op is launching a new group for those who can contribute some time and expertise to help develop and implement low cost marketing, as well as provide support for other aspects of the store. If you think you may be interested, please send an email today to email@example.com.
For the mid-term, we are delighted to say that after a lot of hard work, the Co-op closed on the Montgomery County grant of $151,500 that will go towards repairing the store floor, buying critically needed refrigeration units, updating the POS system for chip card transactions, and paying off a large portion of the debt to Uplift Solutions for their help last summer and fall in running the store. These are all important things to accomplish and we will, but today, we need your help with any and all of the five key steps outlined above.
Your comments or questions are always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CreekSide Co-op Board
Ben Adams (President), Jeff Cohen (Vice President), Don Kates (Treasurer), Lisa Payne-Chirico (Secretary), Ken Brown, Joel Edelstein, Rebecca Meyer, Robin Rifkin, Hillary Seith, Burt Siegel and Marty Tuzman