'Like rain after a long drought.....' is how some die-hard co-op shoppers described Wheatsville's store opening this morning at 4001 South Lamar. The morning started off with torrential downpours but warmed and cleared as our friends, neighbors and shoppers started to trickle in for the morning festivities. Our General Manager, Dan Gillotte, Store Manager, Bill Bickford and Board President, Rose Marie Klee all welcomed the gathering crowd and reminded everyone about the reason we're in business.
We're in business, and we're expanding that business, so that we can make a difference on things that matter to us. Our BIG Direction Goals are to:
- Create More Local, Organic, Sustainable Food
- More Co-op Economy and
- More Happy People
As the co-op profits, so do the the things we stand for and support. We are here to support our local economy, to build community and to support more local, organic, sustainable food.
Our second store was opened by all in attendance pulling a streamer - a community-style ribbon cutting, put together by Rosie Weaver. Everyone has a hand in what we do here - so it seemed fitting that everyone had a hand in opening the new store.
Our store is successful because YOU. Over 13,000 owners, shoppers, neighbors, friends, community groups, fellow cooperators and staff - all working together to make this cooperative a very special place in Austin.
Our rainbow has officially reached the other side of the river!