Update from the general manager

Happy New Year!  We’re getting this update out a little later than we had planned because of the holidays.  We’ve also had sub-zero weather and more snow than we’ve seen in a long time, so we’ve needed to bundle up a bit.  But all in all, it’s been a festive end to 2013… so much has gone on in the last month, and I’m really looking forward to 2014.


The remainder of our refrigeration package has arrived since our last newsletter.  This means that if you take a walk around our store site you’ll see a collection of coolers and refrigerated display cases in various stages of installation.  One of our Dairy cases was delayed when its glass doors shattered in transit, but a replacement was sent along and all is well (these types of delays are expected, and are the reason we’ve not yet announced a specific opening date).  You can join us for a quick 1-minute tour of the space here, but please note that the video was taken a few weeks ago, and since then the cases have been reorganized and the space looks much more open.

On that note, construction is now fully underway and we can see the store taking shape day by day.  Our condensers have been installed in the newly constructed basement compressor room, and walls have started going up around the perimeter of the store.  I have to mention that I’ve been so impressed with all of the contractors on the project… each person has been so professional and detailed, and this is reflected in the quality of the work being done.  More details and pictures can be found on our website’s ‘News’ page, where we’ve been documenting our build-out progress.

Other Stuff

Another exciting aspect of this build-out work going forward is that now we’ll be able to focus on the multitude of other priorities needed to open a store, including Board elections, vendor relationships, staffing, outreach & education, and more.  Our next newsletter will be sent out later in January (2014 already… wow!), and we plan on sharing more information about all of these endeavors.  If you have any questions or ideas in the meanwhile, just send a note our way at info@dubuquefood.coop, or you can also send a note through our Contact page.

Thank you for your energy, your enthusiasm, and your support in 2013, and here’s to a bountiful 2014!