Our team has been tirelessly working to strengthen our co-op and prepare it to be a functional (and awesome) full-service grocery store open to all shoppers. Are these updates a little boring? Maybe. Are they important? Absolutely.

Here’s a quick update on what we’ve been working on behind the scenes.

May Update 2024

  • Gearing Up: We’ve partnered with Zepole Supply Co. to source all the necessary equipment to operate the store smoothly. They’ll work closely with our GM and project management team to ensure everything’s in place.
  • Construction Corner: We’re nearing the final permit approvals from the City of Bethlehem. Once we receive our permits, Boyle Construction can begin the interior fit out of our store!
  • Building Our Community: As construction ramps up, we’re actively seeking Section 3 laborers – residents with low- and very low-income backgrounds living in Bethlehem. This is a fantastic opportunity to give back to our community while building this exciting project.
  • Tech Talk: Behind the scenes, our team’s been diligently setting up the Point-of-Sale (POS) system, the heart of our store’s operations. This involves setting up credit card processing, building product databases with clear categories, and navigating the intricacies of the PA tax code (let’s just say it’s a complex beast!). Rest assured, we’re building a system that’s efficient and compliant – gotta keep those transactions running smoothly!
  • Going Green: We’re exploring implementing Electronic Shelf Labels. This would reduce paper waste in the store and streamline pricing changes and promotions. We’ll keep you posted as things develop!
  • Funding Secured: We’re happy to report that we’ve successfully secured reimbursements from our federal grant through HUD’s Community Project Funding. This grant plays a crucial role in our progress, and we’re grateful to the City of Bethlehem for facilitating this support.

It’s important to know that we’re making significant progress (even if it doesn’t always feel like it) and are excited to keep you updated on our journey!

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