Co-op shoppers –
We are thrilled to announce that we will begin the process of re-opening the store to the public starting on Friday, June 12. The store will be open for shopping inside from 2-9 pm each day. We utilize a limited entry model to ensure proper distancing inside the store. For those that would prefer a different shopping method, the Co-op will maintain the online ordering platform, as well as the Co-op To Go-op curbside shopping.
Our outdoor operations will transition to our smaller parking lot on June 11 to prepare for re-opening and give us a space with no vehicle or cut-through foot traffic to contend with. The same friendly white tent will greet you when you come to pick up an order, and all customers will park in the large parking lot.
Our commitment to the utmost safety and protection of our staff members and all of you has not changed, so those opting to shop inside will find the experience different in many ways. You can read more details here to know what to expect.
Please know that we will be able to serve fewer shoppers than typical under this model, so only utilize the inside shopping hours when you need and try to limit your number of trips. Shopping for friends and neighbors is a wonderful way to cut down on the number of people. Excitement will be high for the first weekend, so be mindful of that and wait to shop if you are able.
I wrote a blog post about the current state of our country and the Co-op’s commitments to social and food justice movements.
Lastly, this is a joint statement from myself and the TPSS Union leadership:
We are thrilled by the opportunity to offer expanded shopping opportunities at the Co-op to all of our customers. The staff is thankful for our health and safety throughout the months since the COVID-19 pandemic began. While the process has at times been difficult, the change in operations offered each employee the opportunity to see our store differently and to grow and learn. We thank you all for your patience and kind words, and for your continued support.
We look forward to seeing you from a distance soon – to pick up an order, to grab and go a prepacked bag, or inside the store.