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July Manager's Message

June 29, 2017

Summer solstice has come and gone, and the longest day of the year is behind us already. Independence Day celebrations, fireworks, and cook outs are now on the very near horizon and nothing says summer-time like fresh corn, watermelons and peaches, all of which are found right here at your local food co-op.  So far, for June we have seen a total of 6% growth over last year’s sales. This means that more people are shopping at the co-op; more people are showing their support for local farms and organic foods; and more people are seeing how important it is to shop at a store that is owned by the community.

Last month we had Jeanie Wells of CDS Consulting Co-op, (an organization dedicated and specializing in co-op governance, leadership development, retail improvement and marketing), come in to our store and spend a few days with myself and the staff. She had plenty of great things to say about our store here in Spartanburg. Having visited many co-ops, Jeanie had great insight to share about how to increase sales and better merchandise to support our current customer base. The staff and myself are already implementing some of the suggested tactics she presented, and we are looking forward to her full report that she will provide us.

Over the next few months, the staff will work diligently to implement more of these educated suggestions, and they will do so without my direct help. July 7th will be my last day with Hub City Co-op as the General Manager, as I have accepted a position at another co-op closer to my family. This transition will be made easier, as Lindsey Repshas has been appointed to be the Interim General Manager while the Board of Directors interviews for a permanent GM. The staff is well equipped to manage the store in my absence, and I feel very confident that they will continue to offer the community excellent service. It has been an honor to serve this community, and I know that HCC will flourish.

As the store moves through the summer, be sure to visit the produce department and watch as the selection changes and fluctuates with weather. We are helping support small farms, and local agriculture through our little downtown urban store. At the forefront of the downtown revolution, HCC is an important cornerstone, and holds up the values of the future of Downtown Spartanburg. Thank you all for your continued support.

In Co-operation,

Derek Suhar

General Manager


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