An Update from General Manager Terry Wittenrich:
The timeline has taken a swift turn and it’s now time to ramp up in many areas, including hiring employees. We will be looking for people who embody everything the Co-op represents and are knowledgeable and committed to making the Co-op a success. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be fine-tuning the job descriptions and preparing to hire 20 to 30 people.
The six to ten full-time positions will primarily consist of department managers, including grocery, customer service, produce, and deli. Based on our payroll projections as a percentage of sales, there may be a need for a full-time assistant in each of these areas. We’ll be making that decision in the coming weeks.
The part-time positions will staff the departments. Key part-time positions include marketing lead, human resources manager, accounting lead/bookkeeper, point of sale (POS) coordinator, community outreach lead, and a wellness manager. The remaining positions will be clerks and cashiers. We will post the job descriptions soon and will continue to provide you with progress updates.
With plumbing, electrical and drywall going in, construction is now well under way, so we are ramping up in all areas: operations (staff, equipment, products and more); design and marketing (interior and exterior design, advertising, promotion); outreach (some exciting event planning is going on); membership recruitment, running the second phase of our initial Capital Campaign and planning our Annual Meeting and Elections event in May. It is a busy time indeed! Working together, we hope our efforts result in a store you’ll love to shop in and that we will have created and strengthened a community in the course of opening our store.
We will post the job descriptions soon and will continue to provide you with progress updates. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] and I will be happy to answer!