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Yelm Food Co-op

Lara, Seth and I went to  on Sunday Jan 26th. Talked and toured with general manger Barnaby Rintz. Lara and Seth took pictures and will post on Facebook and the web site. Here are my notes.
Opened in 2007, expanded two years ago.  Shares space with Gordon's Garden Store.  Barnaby was hired just over a year ago. 
1400 members who that have annual dues starting at $40/yr (or $10 quarterly), $30 for seniors and $20 for working members. About 50 working members. Food co-op is a subset of Yelm Cooperative which also includes a Community Garden and the Yelm Farmer's Market.  They have applied for a 501 (c) 3 status.   They offer store credit based on purchases.  They also offer a buying club for bulk purchases - special orders, with a 20% markup of members, 10% for employees and 35% for non-members.
Food is bought through United, Azure, Hummingbird (bulk food) and Organically Grown (produce).
Barnaby feels it's important to have a community service center near the front of the store, for better control. 
Small seating area close to door and deli section.
Wine section  with some organic wines, selling better since remodel.
They had to get better air conditioning to keep produce fresh and coolers working better. 
End caps - at a corner, people will look to the Left and miss what is on the Right.
Beauty products and supplements don't sell well.
They have a MARC brand produce case - don't recommend it, have had multiple problems.
Do recommend Equal Exchange coffee containers - less expensive some cases were provided for free.
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