|Coos Head Food Co-Op Has Moved!
Annette Langenstein, Staff
Published in the October 20, 2016 edition
Way back in 1978, Deb Krough moved to our area and
started volunteering at a food co-op. She eventually had logged so many
volunteer hours that she was asked if she’d like to get paid
what she was doing, and became a part-time cashier. Fast
38 years later, and you’ll find Deb managing Coos Head Food
Co-op, now located at 353 South 2nd Street in Coos Bay.
“This co-op first started in
Deb, “and was located, I think, on Marion Street in North
Bend. We actually had three different locations in North Bend
a short time. But Since 1977, when two of its members co-signed a loan
for the property, it’s been located on Sherman
recently moved to Coos Bay, and haven’t even had our grand
opening yet, but it’s been busy!”
Now Coos Head Food Co-op has 15 employees and boasts a
much larger store with ample parking. “We knew
years ago that our location on Sherman in North Bend was difficult for
people to find parking. So we set up a committee of dedicated members
and they eventually located a spot that has a great downtown feel; you
can walk or bike to it, and it’s in an appropriate
with good synergy. All the customers and staff are so happy
our new location!”
Coos Head Food Co-op has moved to 353 S. 2nd
Street in Coos Bay. Their grand opening will be this weekend Fri-Sun.
Coos Head Food Co-op is different from other
chains, Deb explained “We are a member-owned Cooperative. We
household shares and anyone can invest in a share, each member gets to
vote. Generally speaking, people who enjoy or support community and
personal ownership gravitate towards a cooperative entity.
It’s equally owned and is based on a person’s
as a shareholder; how much money they spend at the co-op each year
determines how much of a patronage dividend may be owed to them if
profits allow. The more you spend, the more you get back at
end of the year.”
Deb continued, “the 1970’s and
were a time that co-ops needed to rethink their business model. Though
the intention of co-ops is to not make a profit, it is a key
responsibility to ensure the fiscal strength to remain in business for
the owners. And we have more flexibility to buy local goods and work
directly with local vendors for fresh products like meats (all
grass-fed beef, pork that’s fed without any corn, soy or
etc.). We can provide a product that is guaranteed to be
GMO-free. We have buffalo, rabbit, local poultry and eggs. Our local
seasonal produce comes from Valley Flora in Langlois.”
The board at Coos Head Food Co-op listens to what
owners want, and they respond to those requests while keeping in mind
that changes must be for the good of everyone involved.
get a lot of customer requests that range from a need to buy
gluten-free products, or products that won’t aggravate their
allergies. Some people just come in here to buy pet food! We
really do have something for everyone,” said Deb.
October is National Co-Op month, and to celebrate,
Head Food Co-Op will be having a grand opening, with lots of free
samples, on October 21, 22, and 23, so come in and experience the Co-op
for yourself. Visit their facebook page for details.
Coos Head Food Store is open Monday through
Friday, 9 am
to 7 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5
pm. Or give them a call at 541-756-7264.
“We had a traveler come through a couple
ago who said he always tried to shop at co-ops,” said Deb.
“After shopping here, and seeing the wide variety we had, he
commented that ‘It says a lot about a community that
supports a Co-op.’ That says a lot about
est. 1982 Independently Owned & Operated