We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 
 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 

Food Co-op In Reno Faces Growing Pains

Ky Plaskon / Capital Public Radio

Ky Plaskon / Capital Public Radio

But the co-op’s growth is bringing challenges.

Sales were up 38 percent last year to $2.5 million. General Manager Jolene Cook compares that growth rate with more than 100 co-ops around the country. It turns out, the Reno co-op’s growth is nearly four times what the National Cooperative Grocer's Association considers “healthy.”

“I think there is a little bit of sympathy for the staff, it really is quite stressful to not have the things systems in place when you are growing at that rate," says Cook.

Cook says the store needs a protocol for dealing with customers, more cash registers, more parking and suppliers that can handle the demand.

“Before when we were younger it was like, ‘Anyone who had anything that was local,’ we were like, ‘Come on down, bring it on over, the more the better," she says.

Now, she says, the co-op has to screens suppliers. The growing pains are welcome. Cook hopes to turn a profit this year for the first time.

Stories from Reno

  • Ken Lund / Flickr

    Strong End Of Year Home Sales Predicted For Reno

    November 30, 2017

    A new list of 123 U.S. metro areas where home buyers are most likely to move in the fourth quarter puts Reno at No. 8 and Sacramento at 46. The list is based on the number of home mortgage applications filed between July and September.

  • Red Flag Warning Due To Fire Danger In Nevada

    July 17, 2017

    Windy, dry conditions that have raised the threat of wildfires in Nevada has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for most of the northern half of the state into Tuesday.

Sign up for ReCap

and never miss the top stories

Delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.

Check out a sample ReCap newsletter.