Your co-op is in a crisis. Jimmy Pattison purchased Choices last year and their store across the street has now doubled in size. This has seen our sales plummet up to 20%, and we are now under threat of closing our doors in the coming months if we cannot turn our sales around.
The East End Food Co-op is Vancouver’s only community-owned grocery store. I’ve been volunteering on the board for the past eight years because I believe our co-op has a very important role to play in advancing food security and ensuring support for independent producers in Vancouver. We still have a promising future and plans to grow – but first we must survive this crisis.
Staff, the board, even our landlord have been chipping in to help us find constructive solutions. We are now asking our members to contribute to solutions in any of the following ways:
1) Shop Co-op First. Pledge to shop at the co-op whenever possible before going to other stores. This is the most important thing all of our members can do.
2) Volunteer to share your passion for the co-op with your neighbours or the wider community.
3) Contribute by making an additional investment in member shares, or by making a donation online.
We still have a promising future and plans to grow – but first we must survive this crisis. Thank you in advance for doing all you can do to support the co-op in this challenging time.
- Graham Anderson