We hit the front page!

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As you may have noticed, we were on top of the fold on December 26th. Though the news is not anything groundbreaking (pun intended), some of you may be wondering what it really means. Are we committed to opening a Pullman store? Absolutely. As soon as we can do it in a sustainable way. When we launched our expansion investigation, we proposed an 18-24 month timeline until the doors opened on the Pullman store. We may have been a little ambitious, as this is the first time we have taken on a project of this magnitude. Our board and staff have been hard at work getting our co-op ready to expand. This means little things like figuring out how paper gets from one place to another and big things like getting our bylaws updated and finding a location. Throw in estimated construction of 12-16 months on any location that we might choose, and you've got a recipe to blow right past that original timeline.

So what does this really mean, how long until doors are open on a Pullman Co-op?

That part is a little bit tricky. We are continuing to work on all the things big and small that we feel are key to opening in a sustainable way. Once we get all of those things done, we still have to find the right location. While we don't have a definite answer, we grow closer every day. We are excited to grow and support the Moscow and Pullman community by providing good food, great community, and supporting the local economy. We look forward to delivering another groundbreaking front page headline as soon as we can. In the meantime, thank you for being a part of what makes our co-op great!

Mid December Update

Where the heck is that Pullman store?

It's been a while since we have given our Co-op owners an update on our plans to open a store in Pullman. The big questions we hear about expansion are when and where? While we can't answer those questions right now, we do want you to know that we have been working diligently on this project. Specifically, we have been investigating potential locations for their suitability. Ideally, we are looking for a space that's large enough to grow into, as well as a parking lot that can accommodate more shoppers. We have also been working hard to make sure that our internal systems are ready to take on the complexities of an additional store. It is safe to say at this point that our original timeline for opening a Pullman store has shifted. We want to make sure that opening a new location in Pullman is a sustainable decision in the interest of all of our owners and employees.

How about that Campus location I heard about?

You may have heard we are planning to open a location on the UI campus located on the corner of Elm and University (The Center). While we were working on the design phase of this project, we learned that meeting the Health Department's sink requirements, plus having enough space to offer your favorite products into 260 square feet, was going to be a tight fit. Because we're working so closely with The Center to bring good food to campus, they are working with us to develop a slightly larger footprint than we started out with—something that accommodates both of our needs. We know that this project is worth doing and worth doing correctly, so hang in there as we work with The Center to create the best campus store we can!