The Merc Co+op’s charitable giving program Change for our Community is celebrating four years of giving back to the community. Since it began in January 2014, Change has raised more than $280,000 for over three dozen local organizations.
The Merc Co+op’s Board of Directors represents all 8,100+ owners and shapes the vision for the co-op while evaluating the current performance of the business. The Board of Directors is comprised of nine co-op owners who are elected by the general ownership and serve three year terms. Claim one of your most powerful rights of co-op ownership and vote in our 2019 board elections!
On Thursday, your co-op and the Unified Government of WyCo/KCK hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to launch construction on the new store at 5th & Minnesota. All together, approximately 250 people were in attendance, including: Mayor David Alvey, Rep. Tom Burroughs, the KCK City Commission, seven of our nine board members, the media and our future neighbors.
Your co-op is constantly focused on improving the shopping and dining experience. To that end, we will be updating our deli and back of house production areas.
Phase One of this refresh will begin Sunday, July 7. During this week, our kitchen, bakery and meat & seafood area will receive new walls, floors, fixtures and equipment. In addition, our deli service counter and sandwich station will be updated with new countertops and equipment. In the cafe, we will install a new reverse osmosis water station.
As the co-op prepares to open a new store in Kansas City, Kansas, your board of directors recognized the immediate need to seek representation from within the KCK community. To that end, we voted at our April meeting to increase the amount of board seats from seven to nine, and to begin recruiting two new members to fill those seats. Today, we are excited to introduce you to our two new board members, Victor Aguilar and Rachel Jefferson..
On Saturday, June 8 Nancy O’Connor, The Merc Co+op’s Education & Outreach Director, was awarded the Cooperative Innovation and Achievement Award at the Consumer Cooperative Management Association’s annual conference.