Wild Root Market Board Members will be Out & About in Racine on Fridays in March to connect with prospective Member-Owners to answer your questions about joining the co-op. Please stop by from 8 – 10 a.m. at Divino Gelato Cafe (245 Main St)– we would love to meet you and have you learn more about what’s in store (pun intended).
We’re excited to confirm the date for our 2014 Owners’ Meeting: Monday, April 14th starting at 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (716 College Ave. in Racine). As always, we look forward to bringing the community together for our annual meeting. The meeting is open to all but only Member-Owners are eligible to vote.
An important order of business at the annual meeting is the election of directors to the Board. This Spring, we will have four (4) Board positions open and we are actively seeking passionate and engaged leaders to fill those openings. Of special interest would be those with expertise in retail/grocery operations, finance/capital development, graphic design/marketing or fundraising. But mostly we needthose with the willingness and capacity to offer their time, ideas and organizing skills since next steps include securing immediate and longer-term capital financing, designing and programming the store, renovations and hiring the General Manager who will oversee its operations. There is a lot of work left to do and we need directors who can commit to taking an active role in one or more of these important areas.
If you are unable to commit to a full Board role, perhaps you would be interested in sharing your skills at the committee level. With the selection of the site we have exponentially more work to do and each of our existing committees needs additional help. There is so much we need to do to move the project forward as quickly as possible but we can only progress at the speed of our existing man (and woman) power. Please consider volunteering – we have many different volunteer opportunities and are confident we can match you up with a task or project that will fit your skills and schedule. Click get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Margie Michicich at email@example.com.
In order to allow Milaeger’s enough time to prepare our tasty lunches for Saturday’s TEDxManhattan event, you must order and pay for your lunch(es) by 5 p.m. TODAY!
You may continue to register for the conference itself beyond today, but lunch order registrations will close today. Don’t miss out!
Do you know a General Manager with grocery store operations experience who has the requisite skills to help design a store, develop its processes/operations, hire the right staff and run the store? If so, please direct them to submit their resume and cover letter (outlining their interest in and qualifications for this role) to: Wild Root Market Selection Committee | P.O. Box 443 | Racine, WI 53401 | or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a site under contract, an experienced grocery store Project Manager hired and a design/build firm partnered with us, we now need a highly qualified General Manager to help us bring this project across the finish line! The sooner we can find just the right person the better.
Read the latest installment of our just published newsletter! If you have not already subscribed to our email newsletter (approximately one per month) to keep up-to-date on all of the exciting happenings, you may do so on the front page of our website. Archived copies are available under Upcoming Events & News/Newsletters.
Join us on Saturday, March 1, 9:30 a.m.– 5:30p.m. for a live viewing party of TedxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”! The party will include dynamic speakers, live performances, videos and films. Registration for this event is limited to 150 and will be available on our web site beginning Monday, January 20.
Join us on Thursday, February 6, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Peggy Martin Room at the Racine Public Library (75 7th St.) for the next meeting of the Novel Noshes Book Club. We’ll be discussing “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister. Copies are available for loan from the library. To register, call the Library at 262.636.9217 by February 1.
Read the coverage published today (December 20, 2013) here!
We are so pleased that our holiday gift to the Racine Community is the news that WE HAVE A CONTRACT IN PLACE FOR A SITE FOR WILD ROOT MARKET COOPERATIVE!
(Drum roll, please)
Our first Racine location will be:
1101 Grove Avenue in West Racine
(Formerly the site of a Piggly Wiggly grocery store)
We recognize there has been a great deal of speculation in the community that this property would be our eventual site and it may come as no surprise that we made this decision. While the potential of this site may have seemed obvious, there were many factors to evaluate and consider for this site and others — and we needed to be ready to make this important commitment.
We also established a critical threshold of owners to take this step and we are so grateful for the trust and faith each of our more than 625 Founding and Pioneering Owners has shown in our project.
The good news is we are well prepared to move forward and we are confident this centrally located site offers the best potential for a successful store. Among its many advantages:
- It was formerly a grocery store so it already contains important infrastructure that may reduce construction expense.
- It generated the highest sales projections in both our market studies.
- It has plenty of parking and it is on a bus line.
- It is located within a densely populated residential area that also happens to be a federally designated “food desert.”
- Its location next to a CVS Pharmacy and its close proximity to other thriving businesses in West Racine offer important retail synergy.
At this time, we have a contract in place allowing us access to the property to conduct further due diligence. That process involves soliciting bids from contractors to make sure the property has no significant structural or environmental defects and for store design and renovations.
These bids will allow us to finalize our financial pro forma so we can raise sufficient capital to renovate and open the store.
The capitalization process will be a significant effort that we anticipate undertaking in early Spring and we will be communicating about that in greater detail in the coming weeks.
For now, the important thing to know is that we have the property under contract with contingencies that allow us to access it as needed and provide a period of time for raising the necessary capital. With this contract in place, no other entity can lease or purchase the site while we complete the remaining work.
Where Do You Fit In?
If you have been waiting for this news to become a Member-Owner, please consider joining us at this important time. Wild Root Market Cooperative will reserve the special distinction of Pioneering Owner for all Member-Owners who join before the doors open.
We will also be planning special event in the coming months where we can properly celebrate this huge milestone, display preliminary architectural renderings and offer an early tangible experience of Wild Root Market to the Racine community.
Yes, there is more to come – but for now, let’s all enjoy the busy Holiday season knowing that 2014 will truly be the Year of Wild Root Market!
Wild Root Market is honored to be named an official TedX Manhattan Viewing Event Host: ”Changing the Way We Eat” on Saturday, March 1st. We’re partnering with Gateway Technical College where we will view the event in their auditorium, Milaeger’s for a delicious boxed lunch, O&H Danish Bakery for, of course, Kringle and envi Ultra Lounge for a social hour after the event. Tickets for the viewing event are free. Lunch will be available for purchase. Online registration for the event and lunch coming soon. In the meantime, keep this date open!