Coronavirus Puts Coop in Financial Squeeze

By Leila Darabi

The Covid-19 crisis has put the Coop in a financial squeeze as sales have nosedived and labor costs have increased due to new safety procedures.

The details of that squeeze and the Coop’s strategy for dealing with it were explained on April 1 by Coop co-founder and general manager Joe Holtz in an interview with the Gazette. He also talked about supply lines, safety procedures and the pressure the pandemic is putting on the staff.

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IDEA

Can we have a loosening of designated non-member shoppers for senior citizens? We are more afraid of contact, some of us have disabilities that allow us to shop normally but we cannot stand on lines for a long time, we are very vulnerable, many have underlying conditions.  Please get this info to the powers that... Continue Reading →

SENIORS

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I have many elderly friends, and am myself over 65 years old. During this crisis would it be too complicated to either allow us to shop by going ahead of the long line to get in, or possibly by setting special hours when we could come and thereby avoid the... Continue Reading →

THANK YOU!!!

DEAR COOP TEAM,  I'm writing to extend my immense  gratitude for all you have been doing to keep the Coop open, the shelves stocked, and the environment  safe, efficient, welcoming  and positive. The Coop has been a haven for us during these uncertain days, and I know you have been making significant individual sacrifices and investments.... Continue Reading →

WHY SAD?

Why sad?  Silly to be sad. Stop it!  To save one life is worth all sacrifice.  That is how the crisis is met.  Allen 

DEAR EDITORS,

I would  like to suggest that the Coop consider instituting a system where all members are randomly assigned two two-hour time periods for shopping each month for the duration of the current health crisis. This could solve the problem of people waiting in line for hours as the Coop does its best to keep people... Continue Reading →

LETTER TO THE EDITORS

DEAR EDITORS, Though I live only a block away, I haven't shopped at the Coop for many many days now. It's been 6 a.m. senior shopping at Union Market for me. There are many things at the Coop that I really can't get elsewhere, but the long line, snaking up Union, along 7th, and down... Continue Reading →

SHOPPING ORGANIZATION EMERGENCY PLAN

DEAR COOP MEMBERS, You guys may want to consider staggering entries based on last names. Give the older and more at risk people entry first in the morning. For the rest of the day schedule for example people with last names A-K go shopping Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and last names L-Z go shopping Tuesday,... Continue Reading →

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