Co-ops consider consolidating

The Wedge Community Co-op. File photo
The Wedge Community Co-op. File photo

The Wedge, Eastside and Linden Hills co-ops are contemplating a merger.

In a letter sent to co-op members, Wedge CEO Josh Resnik and Wedge board chair Margie Hegstrom said leaders from the three co-ops have been meeting for several months to consider the opportunities and challenges of combining forces.

“Most simply, we believe we can do even more to support a vibrant local food system through a consolidated organization that brings together and builds on the history of these three great community co-ops,” they wrote.

If they move ahead with a merger, there would be no staff layoffs and the shopping experience would largely remain the same at the co-ops.

The co-ops plan to hold town hall meetings to discuss the proposed merger and take a vote on the plan in the fall.

Here’s a schedule of upcoming forums:

  • Wedge Community Co-op meeting, Monday, July 11, 6 p.m. at the Wedge Table, 2412 Nicollet Ave. S.
  • Linden Hills Co-op meeting, Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m., Lynnhurst Community Center, 1345 W. Minnehaha Parkway.
  • Eastside Food Co-op meeting, Monday, July 18, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Columbia Manor, 3300 Central Ave. NE.

For more details about the proposed consolidation, go to coopsconnect.com.

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