OUR HISTORY SINCE 1971. October 4, 1971: Co-op begins in Joe Neal’s Garage. Spring of 1972, we relocated to West Street. Managers at that time were paid $5 per day but got free food and a place to sleep in the loft or on the roof of the Co-op. In 1985 we relocated to Rock Street.
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Managers at that time were paid $5 per day but got free food and a place to sleep in the loft or on the roof of the Co-op.
At this location, our Co-op began its transformation into a full-line natural food store, and our paid staff grew.
Dickson Street was a time of great prosperity for the Co-op. During the next seven years, the amount of customers and owners continued to grow, until Dickson Street became too small to house Ozark Natural Foods.
Seven (7) years of accrued owner equity was gone. Nancy Armstrong resigned as General Manager. Alysen W. Land was chosen by the Board to take over as Interim General Manager. John Newman was hired as a financial advisor.
SINK OR SWIM!
Here’s how we did it…
The Co-op did not spend a penny unless Alysen said it was “OK”.
It is better to trim some hours than to close the doors.
“Are the right people on the bus?”