Wow! Our 2014 Annual Meeting was a HUGE success. Thank you to everyone who attended (including two of our youngest members Niya and Edith), and thank you to our hard-working Board and staff members for hosting such a fabulous event. After the meeting, I realized we had forgotten a couple of very important points.
First, I would like to thank you, our members and shoppers, without whom the co-op could not exist. Your continued support is absolutely critical to our store's success.
Whole Earth Grocery has seen great success and growth over the past year, even as we transitioned through several General Managers in 2013. Primarily under the management of Lindsay Van Beek with assistance from managers Erynn Delahousaye, Kiki Augustin, James Morren and Anna Zalusky, Whole Earth Grocery ended 2013 with a profit of $15, 473.63, an increase of 221.8% from the previous year!
With this money in the bank, and our sales trending positively, Anna and I have the fun, creative and challenging job of investing some of that money back into our co-op to better serve the community and
Beginning this January, Anna Zalusky and Maddy Krizek-Score have taken the reins as Co-Managers of Whole Earth Grocery. Maddy, a long-time shopper and member of the Board of Directors, comes to us with retail and supervisory experience, as well as enthusiasm and fresh perspective. Anna has held various positions at the Whole Earth Grocery, beginning as a cashier and product buyer more than 10 years ago. She most recently worked as bookkeeper, and will continue to keep a close eye on the financial status of our co-op.