General Manager's Report
Natural Times October/November/December 2012
By Larrane Hartridge
It’s been a very rainy, hot summer here in Tallahassee, but things at the store are cool, with lots of happy staff, new owners and sales on the rise.
We have been bringing in exciting new items and more are on the way! See the list below. Remember, if there’s something you want that we don’t carry, please fill out a customer comment card. All requests are logged and used when looking for new items.
Look for some excitement at the beginning of October. In honor of Co-op Month, we’re encouraging customers to become owners with our 10x10 Owner Drive. In 10 days (October 1-10), our goal is to sign up 100 new owners. Each new owner will receive a $10 gift card along with a 10% off coupon. When the store reaches the goal, employees will receive a $10 gift card as a thank you for their hard work. Existing owners can help out by referring their friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. Pick up an Owner Referral Card at the register, fill out your information and if your referral becomes an owner, you get entered to win a $25 gift card. We have a few other things planned, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Annual Ownership Meeting
Our Annual Ownership Meeting will be held November 3, 2012, at 1:30 pm, at the American Legion Hall on Lake Ella. Owners, take a few hours to learn what your co-op has been doing, how it is faring with competition in town and the plans for the future. Voting for the Board of Directors will begin at the end of the meeting. Hear from the Board candidates first hand and learn about the bylaw changes on the ballot. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. Experience your cooperative in action!
Every fall people start to ask me, “Will there be a coupon this year?” Wonder no more! Look for a 10% off coupon in the November 14 Co+op Deals sales flyer and enjoy your holiday.
You’ve probably heard that Trader Joe’s is opening up next year in the Carriage Gate Shopping Center off Thomasville Road. Trader Joe’s has been around since the 50s, originally starting out as a small chain of convenience stores. In the mid 60s, the owner changed up their business model and introduced the Hawaiian shirts that are still worn today. Known for their private label items and carrying an ever-changing stock of hard-to-find products, we do not expect that Trader Joe’s will directly compete with us and we welcome them to town.