Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op

201 Ethan Allen Ave., Takoma Park MD 20912

301-891-COOP (2667)

Open 8 AM - 10 PM, 7 Days a Week


TPSS Co-op Board of Representatives Election Nominations Solicitation
Tuesday, September 18 2018



This is an exciting time for the Co-op. Currently celebrating our 37th year in business, we have a new general manager, we are working with the City and NDC and our members on development of Takoma Junction, and looking for new ways to engage our community of members and shoppers. The store continues to offer many products with different price points to continue to better serve our members and the community. Your Co-op is looking for individuals with the time, energy and commitment to TPSS to serve. Please consider running for the Board.


Candidates nominate themselves in accordance with the procedures outlined here.

Co-op Hires New General Manager: Mike Houston

Thursday, August 9th 2018



Mike HoustonThe Board of Representatives is pleased to announce that, after a thorough search process, we have hired Mike Houston as our General Manager. He formally begins his role as General Manager on September 4, 2018. We would like to thank all of you who participated in meet & greet sessions and interviews with our finalists. We received substantial and valuable feedback from our staff and management team which helped to guide the selection process. Thank you!

Mike comes to us after being the Store Manager at Dawson’s Market in Rockville since 2012 and he brings many strong qualities to TPSS. Not only does Mike have many years of management level experience in the natural food industry, he brings a passion and strong commitment to environmental stewardship. Under his leadership, Dawson’s was awarded the outstanding Leadership in Environmental Practices from the Rockville Mayor and City Council in 2017. Mike also brings a commitment to community and to supporting local suppliers. Dawson’s also received a Community Partnership award in 2015. We believe that Mike will be a great General Manager and are excited to have him on board.

Hiring a general manager is the single most important responsibility of a cooperative’s Board of Representatives. Over the past several months, we created and utilized a list of criteria and qualifications for our new GM. These qualifications informed our national search for this position.


We knew we were looking for someone who would lead a group of diverse and talented employees, as well as connect with our community of diverse and dedicated owners. We sought someone with strong skills and experience leading teams, listening to staff, bringing out the best in people and who will bring strong financial understanding to the position. And finally, we were looking for someone who was passionate about working here at TPSS and in our community. We believe we found all of these qualities in Mike.


We screened and interviewed a number of candidates during the process. In the end, we felt that Mike brought just the right mix of skills and qualifications to lead our co-op forward at this important time in our history. We look forward to supporting Mike in his work here at TPSS.




Friday, July 27 2018



City Council Has Approved the NDC Site Plan


Dear TPSS Co-op Member-Owner,

As you may know, despite our request that the City Council postpone its vote until the conclusion of our mediation with NDC, the Council approved the NDC Site Plan for developing the lot adjoining the TPSS Co-op.

Thank you very much for the support you have shown for the Co-op during this challenging time. In your many letters, comments at City Council meetings and on social media, and in conversations throughout our community, the support for the Co-op has been extraordinary. Throughout this time of heightened member engagement, we have received valuable feedback which will help to guide us in the future.

The Board met Thursday night. We continue the mediated discussions with the developer in good faith and hope these talks will continue to address our serious concerns about store operations, especially deliveries and parking, during and after construction.

We hope that this moment in TPSS Co-op history will be seen as a turning point—regardless of how we move forward—when members renewed their commitment and engagement with their store, and a strong new chapter was begun.

Buoyed by your support, the TPSS Board of Representatives will tackle the work ahead with a continued commitment to TPSS members, workers, our local suppliers, and our Takoma Park neighbors.

Thank you so very much!

TPSS Board of Representatives
Robert Anderson, Vice President
Susan Cho
Diane Curran
Julia Eddy, Secretary
Fred Feinstein
Adam Frank, Treasurer
Rachel Hardwick, President
Susanne Lowen
Mary Rooker




Co-op surprised by council recall effort
Friday, July 20 2018



The Co-op was surprised by efforts to recall city council members and is not taking any part in it. We are focused on our operations and we are engaged in mediation.

Representatives of the TPSS Co-op, Neighborhood Development Company, and the City of Takoma Park met this morning with the selected mediator, Daniel Dozier, for the first mediation session with all parties present. The discussions, lasting about three and half hours, were productive. There are many issues to consider and attempt to work out, and discussions will continue next week when the parties reconvene on Monday evening.

All parties asserted their commitment to the mediation process and agreed to keep the content of discussions confidential until the process concludes.

Thanks for supporting YOUR community food store!

TPSS Co-op


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