Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:14
By Brandon Kane, General Manager,
12th Moon, Council President
Hello and happy New Year to all GreenStar member-owners! Your support and involvement throughout 2014 was inspiring on so many levels. From your simple choice to support your co-op by shopping at our stores to your collective donations to the Ithaca Health Alliance at our registers (over $5,200 raised!), now more than ever you can see the direct link between membership in your cooperative and how the Co-op serves its community of members.
2014 was a year of massive physical changes to GreenStar's infrastructure. In the second half of 2014, the Central Kitchen project was completed. This resulted in a huge shift in our operations. We began producing Deli and Bakery products at our central kitchen to serve our stores and to cater events. This opening of the kitchen also coincided with the opening of our public rental facility known as the Space. At this point, our catering and public rental programs are really starting to take off. You can see more specifics regarding these two new initiatives by visiting us at www.greenstar.coop and clicking on either the Catering or Space tabs in our banner.
But this article is about looking forward, so let's set down that path. 2015 is all about building on our strengths and preparing for more big changes in the near future. As I just stated, the possibilities of our newfound rental and production capacity are just beginning to be explored. In 2015 we will continue building our relationships with such partners as Tompkins Community Action and Cornell Cooperative Extension in order to provide an affordable venue for all manner of public events. We'll also be focusing on providing the best possible experience for your private events and celebrations. Whatever it is you have going on, chances are GreenStar can meet your needs perfectly. How cool is it that the Co-op has grown in the past ten years from one store to two, then added a space for events, and is now looking at a third location in Collegetown slated to open in late 2016?
Monday, 01 December 2014 01:11
By Joe Romano,
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, GreenStar will introduce a new Member Deals program. Member Deals will offer great sales exclusively to member-owners every day across both of our stores. These Member Deals will offer deep discounts — from 10% up to 30% off regular retail — and we expect around 100 items to be offered on sale at any given time. While some sales will run all month, others may last only for a few days, or only while supplies last.
Be on the lookout for the new Member Deals tags, pictured at right, after the start of the new year. It's a great way to save, while supporting the Co-op in its mission to give back to our community, every day, year after year, just as we've done for the past 43 years.
We're retiring the U-Pick program as it has proven unsustainable for GreenStar's bottom line — as a discount program, U-Pick was difficult to budget for, while Member Deals, which will rely on purchase agreements with our suppliers, will give managers control over expenses while at the same time offering great savings to our members. (For more information on the reason for the switch, and our history of sales and discount programs, see the story on our website, at www.greenstar.coop/grocery.) Of course, Co+op Deals, BASICS prices, everyday case sales, and all the other benefits that GreenStar member-owners enjoy will remain available as well.
Thursday, 13 November 2014 19:33
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