A few years ago, Bluff Country Co-op reached the national benchmarks put in place by National Cooperative Grocers, a business services cooperative, that suggest a co-op is ready for growth. As a result, we hired an outside organization to conduct a feasibility study, which confirmed our readiness.
Yes! Since the beginning stages of this process, we have been soliciting owner feedback through organized events, casual conversations and an idea board. After several months, we compiled a list of more than 300 comments – but we’re still open to your suggestions. Email your feedback to Owner Services Coordinator Melissa Gordon at Melissa@bluff.coop or tell any staff member.
Lots of ways! We are offering more classes and events and partnering with more organizations in our community, such as WSU, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Winona Volunteer Services, Live Well Winona and more! See a more complete list of our partners posted in the expansion update area of our store.
Through a combination of BCC savings, preferred shares owned by our members, and local bank loans.
The project is estimated to be complete by fall 2017.
Construction will happen in phases so that the store will be open throughout the process. As such, different areas of the store will be under construction at different times. We will continue to post weekly updates in the store and on the website to keep you informed.
We will roughly double the size of our space. Our current space occupies 5,500 square feet of our 10K square foot building, but because we will be enlarging our back room space, not all of the remaining square footage will be retail space.
No, but Wieser Brothers, our builders, are experienced with LEED design and will incorporate LEED aspects wherever possible.
Owen Warneke is the architect and Wieser Brothers is the construction company. Owen Warneke helped us with our move to the current location. Wieser Brothers has done work for the Viroqua Food Co-op and People’s Food Co-op in Rochester. They are known for their LEED design.
We don't know yet.
We’ll continue to offer homemade soups, sandwiches, and salads. Additionally we will have a hot bar for take-and-go dinners as well as a salad bar and a juice bar.
Sliding doors, a community room, an expanded deli seating area, more take-and-go options, a larger bulk section and more fresh local produce, just to name a few. Every department will grow so you can expect a wider selection of products.
No. As a result of owner feedback, we have opted to create a community space rather than a liquor store.
We will continue to specialize in organic and local produce, but some conventional produce will be available.