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Expansion Overview

The Staff and Board have assembled a team to work towards the goals expressed by the Members in the 2006 Ballot:

It is the goal of the Olympia Food Co-op to open a new store in downtown Olympia. The guidelines for size are 5,000 to 10,000 square foot of retail space (west side current: 2,400 - east side current is 5,000). In addition, the Co-op will attempt co-locate with businesses and non-profits that support the goals of the Co-op Mission Statement.

Feel free to email the Expansion Coordinators for more details.


Expansion History

Imagined during the Board of Directors retreat of 2005, the Growth Response Oversight Committee (GROC) met over the course of the next year to implement the Growth Response Process (GRP), which was the Board's preliminary response to the persistent double digit sales growth, at both stores, for nearly every fiscal quarter over the past several years.

The GROC worked to distill and delineate options open to us as a result of this growth. This process included surveying the general membership, staff, neighborhood associations, and vendors. It included conducting member forums and the hiring of an outside consultant to perform a market survey. This work culminated in an Advisory Ballot measure to be presented in the 2006 election. After the raw votes were in, they were tabulated according to different means to ensure a result that was closest to consensus.

Presenting this Ballot result to the board, along with the GROC Final Report, brought the GRP full circle. The Advisory Ballot results affirmed the desire to build community with progressive values, and to work to strengthen downtown. It also showed how many members love our current stores (especially strong attachment to the Westside store). At the end of the discussion and review of information, the Board reached a consensus:

It is the goal of the Olympia Food Co-op to open a new store in downtown Olympia. The guidelines for size are 5,000 to 10,000 square foot of retail space (west side current: 2,400 - east side current is 5,000). In addition, the Co-op will attempt co-locate with businesses and non-profits that support the goals of the Co-op Mission Statement.

For more specific information, please see the GROC Final Report, and the 2006 Ballot Update.