We are excited to announce that we are exploring a possible opportunity to expand our current store’s footprint. Thanks to your support, our co-op has grown rapidly over the last four years, It’s important that we proactively plan for the future and that includes recognizing our current and future space constraints. Although we don’t know yet if this project is possible, we want to let you know now & solicit your feedback along the way.
A larger store could help us address existing and future space constraints, for example we have already needed to move our Finance and Marketing departments offsite. It could also improve our selection of local and organic offerings, and improve our purchasing power, which would likely lower our cost of goods and result in further reduced pricing.
Thank you to everyone who answered questions regarding expansion in our 2015 Shopper Email Survey, and last spring’s survey at our registers!
Your contributions informed a market study we commissioned to explore ways to better serve our community. While our current store does have some site limitations, we could best serve our existing shoppers and meet our Ends Statements by considering an on-site expansion if viable. We are working with National Co-op Grocers’ store-expansion team, Monadnock Economic Development Corporation and others to explore our options.
Is On-Site Expansion Feasible?
We have not determined this yet — we are still in the initial exploration phase of this project. There are many factors to consider and we need to gather input from many sources.
Details of Proposed Plan
Our current vision is to expand into the space on the east side of our building, and add about 4,000 square feet of space on the ground level with office space on the second floor (for reference, our current sales floor is 8,000 square feet). The draft plan we are exploring will also create another 20-30 additional parking spaces that would sufficiently support the project, but to be clear, it may not solve all our parking constraints.