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Greetings. You’re now entering the web site of The Little Store That Could, the Regent Market Co-op (RMC). It’s been the neighborhood store for over 90 years and opened its doors when Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States. As neighbors support RMC, RMC supports the neighbors with food and supplies, (whenever they are available) from local distributors, farmers and producers. RMC strives to have an excellent selection of meats, breads, cheese and tasty vegetables. The RMC staff stands ready to serve you and answer questions you might have. You can shop the store as a member or as a non-member. But any Madison food co-op membership entitles shoppers to the member discount rate and to get Randy Bucks.

The Regent Market Co-op is on the corner of Regent and Allen Streets. It’s located near West High School and a connected walkable community that believes in good, healthy food. The market offers both students and shoppers daily specials from Randy’s kitchen.

And for whatever reason you’re unable to get to the little store, RMC delivers. But if you are driving, you can pull up right in front of the little store and park. Couldn’t be easier.

Don’t forget to check out Vendor of the Month.

Plans for Store Expansion Announced
At February 9, 2014, Regent Market Annual Meeting

At the February 9, 2014, Regent Market Co-op Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors was pleased to announce plans to put a new look and feel to “The Little Store.” After a year-long discussion, the BOD unanimously decided to add new product lines, increase space and reorganize the staff. Currently, the BOD is negotiating with the landlord, Joe Heggestad, for more space. It is expected that the expansion and the new product lines will significantly increase gross sales.

Because of the major capital improvements, combined with the need to manage building facilities and store responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, the decision was made to address the present management structure and its effectiveness during the large renovation. Playing to existing strengths and talents of the RMC personnel, the BOD arrived at the conclusion that the tasks of the general manager needed to be separate from the expansion-project management. So a new position of Facilities Manager / Senior Advisor was created. Filling that new position will be Randy Winkler, the incumbent general manager. John Wendt, a long-time permanent staffer, will become the interim general manager for store products and staff. In the meantime, the BOD will develop a general manager position description and conduct a brief search for applicants. We encourage all present staff to apply, as well as outside applicants, giving us a large pool of potential candidates to choose from. We will provide more details on his initiative over the next few months, both through our e-news and through the neighborhood listserv. So stay tuned for more news.

This is a very exciting time for “The Little Store” and its future. The need to work together as a neighborhood and a caring community is crucial to make the expansion a success. Since Spring is a season of new beginnings and transformations, it seems appropriate that a new management team and plans for the expansion be in place for a May Kickoff. See you then!

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Food, Fun, Music, Friends, Family, Neighbors: all at The Little Store

Participating Vendors:
Farmer John’s Cheese
Chip Magnet
Just Coffee
Sassy Cow Creamery
Sprecher Root Beer
Maple Valley
Summit Credit Union
Sugar River Dairy
Nature’s Bakery Cooperative
Maple Essence Farms
Wisco Tropical
Gentle Breeze Honey
Thousand Hills Cattle Company

To view the Annual Meeting PowerPoint, please click on the link below:

PowerPoint 2014 Annual Meeting

Two Cards in One:
Reward Points and Convenient Easy Pre-Pay

For Members and The Store

Several of our members have discovered a convenient new way to pay for groceries without worrying about cash or checks, and without using a credit card and the inevitable fee the store is charged by the card company. Instead, they prepay a set amount to the store and gradually draw down on that account as they fulfill their grocery buying needs over the next several weeks or months and get reward points! Reducing cash and card transactions saves your cooperative money each time you shop, and saves time at the register, too! Consider establishing a pre-paid account and see
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how convenient shopping at RMC can be!


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