Hold on South Austin! We’re coming as fast as we can!
April 5, 2013
Today, I put the final order in for our food bar and the vent hoods for our kitchen and bakery areas! Earlier this week we made final decisions about the colors of our refrigerated display cases (silver outsides, black interiors for those of you keeping score) and secured a soda fountain from our friends at Maine Root (they’ll be selling us their locally made fountain beverages and lemonades)! These are just a few of the decisions that we’re making every day to build the best possible co-op store for ’04 and beyond.
Besides equipment choices, we’re also working hard on hiring for important positions as we grow from a single store to a multi-store co-op including a new Information Systems Manager and a new Store Manager for 3101 Guadalupe.
We continue to work with the architects, store planners and contractors to make final decisions on flooring, wall treatments, the entryway and patio, but we’re making good progress. Throughout this adventure, I am doing all I can to build the best possible store with as green a features as possible while also being as thrifty as can be. That ain’t easy! But I hope you’ll be pleased with the results!
We have raised nearly $400,000 in investments for the project from 30+ owners which we are SO thankful for. It’s not too late for you to consider investing. The board extended the deadline for purchasing shares to June, so you still have time to request a packet and possibly invest in your co-op! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a packet if you could possibly invest more than $5,000.
We know that not everyone can invest at that level, but EVERYONE can help! How? There are 3 main ways!
- You can help by shopping at 3101 Guadalupe until we open the south store. South Austin folks, don’t wait! Get your Wheatsville fix NOW and help us be as financially strong as we can be heading into opening.
- Get your friends and neighbors to shop at Wheatsville. Bring a friend for lunch or dinner (breakfast or snack also work!) Thursdays all day and Friday and Saturday evenings are some of the quieter times at the co-op if busy times are scaring you off!
- Encourage your friends and neighbors to join! The equity that owners pay help us be flush financially! $55 on its own isn’t much, but with thousands of owners adding it all up really makes a positive contribution!
Thanks for all you do to help make our next step a huge success! You can be sure that we are working our tails off to make sure that 3101 Guadalupe continues being an awesome place to shop as we add our new awesome store at 4001 South Lamar! (Yes, I did just use awesome twice, but that’s really the right word for our soon to be two stores!)