A letter to RMC supporters,
As you know, The Regent Market Co-operative (RMC) is a homegrown neighborhood-owned grocery and deli that has been serving the Near West side for over 90 years. RMC is open 364-1/2 days a year and has served as the anchor business in the neighborhood. It provides a convenient, walkable marketplace that continues to create and preserve our unique neighborhood character through cooperative action and local ownership, while preserving sustainability through locally sourced food supplies. However, competition from chain grocery stores and other changes with nearby neighborhood businesses have provided both the opportunity and necessity to grow. This letter is to inform you–our members, neighbors and supporters–how you can help us with this growth.
It is a pleasure for the RMC Board of Directors to announce that “The Little Store” is planning an extensive renovation and expansion in 2015/2016. For the past two years much thought and effort has gone into preparing for this expansion. But we can’t do this alone. RMC needs community resources to assist in this endeavor. We invite you to help ensure the long-term future of our neighborhood grocery store. Here are a few details regarding what we are planning and how you can contribute.
What We’re Planning
RMC purchased both its existing facility and the building next door where Mike’s Wine Shop is located. The Board negotiated a mutually satisfactory arrangement with Joe Heggestad, the long-time owner of the buildings and former proprietor of the Market. Our plans include an extensive renovation of the store itself and an expansion into the adjacent space. The expansion is going to include:
- Larger improved produce section to increase our offerings of locally grown foods
- Introduction of beer, wine and liquor into our inventory
- Upgrade to energy efficient equipment (refrigeration, coolers, lighting, etc.)
- Unified façade enhancing the character of the storefront
- Community gathering space and lunch counter with expanded “fast fresh” offerings
- Community solar project with rooftop and solar awning panels to reduce the carbon footprint of our energy usage.
- Improved shopping with even more products, continuing the tradition of a full-line neighborhood grocery store.
Who to contact with questions:
- Jim Yockey, Board treasurer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-770-9660
- Kurt Reinhold, Project Manager, email@example.com, 608-957-6801
For current information on the expansion, please see the links below.