As the days and hours left before our Grand Opening at the Village in Meridian quickly speed by, the Co-op is abuzz with the activity of our final preparations for the opening. It's hard to believe how far we've come in just a few months: the first few pictures below were taken in May and, six months later, we're about to open!
Save the Date: Our Grand Opening is Friday, November 13th - Sunday, November 15th from 7 am - 10 pm. More information →
Part of our quick progress has been due to all of the help we've recieved from our Co-Owners, as well as other co-ops around the country. In the words of Ben, our GM:
In some ways Boise Co-op’s democratic, community-owned business model is like a page taken from the open source community’s playbook. We have gleaned many ideas, design elements, recipes and best practices from other food co-ops and incorporated them into the Village store. Like the open source community, food co-ops freely share information with their peers with similar goals that are designed to enrich, improve and nourish the communities in which they operate. With its two locations, Boise Co-op is Treasure Valley’s only “Open Source Grocers”.
PCC in Seattle had been especially helpful to us with a full day of behind the scene tours of their facilities and interviews with their key operational staff. Our membership in NCG also provided services that helped us create a store that is special and not just a cookie cutter franchised copy of someone else’s idea of what our store should look and feel like.