KNFC Building Expansion Update

Expansion Postponed until May, 2015.

Dear Members and Customers,

Due to higher than expected construction bids and increased requirements from the city, the expansion plans have been altered and delayed. The initial expansion plans included a second story, but due to significantly higher than anticipated steel costs and more stringent fire code requirements, the architect has modified the Expansion plans to include only one story. We have submitted the new plans to several contractors and are still waiting to hear back from many of them.

This delay will allow us to receive additional and more economically feasible bids. The previous bids received for a two story expansion would have required the co-op to borrow more than twice the amount originally budgeted, thereby placing a significant financial strain on the co-op.

By postponing the expansion, we will allow ourselves more time to generate additional
funds for our needed improvements, thereby reducing the amount we need to borrow and placing less financial risk on the co-op. Fundraising efforts will continue. Additionally, by postponing the expansion until May, we will bypass our busy season until the slower summer months, creating less inconvenience for our members and other customers.

In summary, we still plan on expanding the store. We expect to add an additional 800 square feet off the rear of the building. Once that portion of the expansion is completed, our parking lot will be reconfigured so that rainwater will flow away from the building instead of toward it. The new parking lot will also eliminate the rear steps and provide an ADA, handicap accessible entrance.

The interior expansion plans will include improved check-out lanes, a new larger walk-in cooler, a new produce cooler, a new freezer, and an expanded line of products. We also plan on installing a rooftop garden that will provide herbs and produce for the store.

Our final phase of the expansion will include creating a new front entrance to the store, which will be funded by utilizing City of Kent’s Facade Improvement Program.

Kent Natural Foods Co-op is doing well and is happy at our current location. We are excited about the expansion and we greatly appreciate all of your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Facilities Committee
Kent Natural Foods Co-op, 151 E. Main St. Kent, OH 44240
330-673-2878
www.kentnaturalfoods.org
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Welcome New Board of Trustees 2014-2015

Elected:
Jennifer Cline
Anita Gontkovsky
Heidi Horvath
Jeff Ingram
Amber Myers
Fred Pierre
Elizabeth Ryan

Returning:
John Gargan
President, Hayley Bennett

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Vote today for the KNFC board of trustees!

VOTING IS ON for KNFC Board Positions

Seven Board Positions are open.  Eight Candidates Running.

Voting takes place at the store.

The candidates are:
1.   Jennifer Cline (staff)
2.  Anita Gontkovsky (regular volunteer)
3.  Sheila Harko (staff)
4.  Heidi Horvath (staff)
5.  Jeff Ingram (staff)
6.  Amber Myers (staff)
7.  Fred Pierre (former staff, former Board President, former Board Secretary)
8.  Elizabeth Ryan (staff)

Election will run from June 26 through July 27, 2014

Ballots and Candidate Statements are at the store.  Please ask a clerk for assistance.

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Vote for Board Members at Store through July 27th

VOTING IS ON for KNFC Board Positions

Seven Board Positions open.  Eight Candidates Running.  Voting takes place at the store.
1.   Jennifer Cline (staff)
2.  Anita Gontkovsky (regular volunteer)
3.  Sheila Harko (staff)
4.  Heidi Horvath (staff)
5.  Jeff Ingram (staff)
6.  Amber Myers (staff)
7.  Fred Pierre (former staff, former Board Treasurer, former Board Secretary)
8.  Elizabeth Ryan (staff)
Election will run from June 26, July 27, 2014

Ballots and Candidate Statements are at the store.  Ask a clerk.

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Nominations open for KNFC Board Positions

Three Board Positions open.

Election will run from June 26, July 27, 2014

Any member can nominate themselves or someone else.

Nomination Forms are at the store.  Ask a clerk.

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Annual General Membership Meeting Set

The Annual Meeting has been set for

Sunday, June 22, 6:00pm

Fred Fuller Park

497 Middlebury Dr., Kent, OH  (Outdoor Pavilion)

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AGENDA TBA

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Spring Green Gala Fundraiser for The Expansion was a Success

The Spring Green Gala Benefit for The KNFC Expansion was a great success!   It was a beautiful evening at The Masonic Temple on West Main Street in Kent, last Saturday, May 31.

Thank you to all who donated their time, goods, and services to the event!   It was a fantastic convergence of  elegant atmosphere, fine food, excellent company, and an exciting silent auction.  Together we raised over $1,500 for the expansion!

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get ready to break ground.  Architectural Drawings have been submitted and approved.  Various individuals representing different trades have been contacted and interviewed.   Financing has been approved and we’re in the last stages of planning before we begin our expansion.  We hope to hire a General Contractor at our next Board Meeting  and begin the construction in July or early August.

Stay tuned!

Masonic Temple, 409 W. Main St., Kent, OH

 

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Spring Newsletter Has Arrived

KNFC NEWSLETTER!

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December 2013 Board Minutes

Attending: Jeff Ingram, Karin Bergener, Hayley Bennett, John Gargan, Fred Pierre, Anne Reid, Elizabeth Ryan, Sheila Harko, Amber Myers

DECISIONS:

We approved a lifetime membership to Jason Turnidge and Katie Strand as well as volunteer hours up to 20 hours per month for their work on 3D graphic depictions of our expansion plans.

 We extended indefinitely six hours weekly staff time for tasks related to marketing/public relations work, specific distribution to be decided by the staff collective.

 Back pay approved for staff member passing 5 year service mark.

 Yearly bonus distribution was approved.

 The meeting was called to order at 7:15

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Old: Kent Natural Foods Co-op Benefit at the Kent Stage

The Fundraiser and Silent Auction was very successful and raised almost $1,000 for the Kent Natural Foods Co-op. 

Thank you for participating!

Keep watching this space for more news about the expansion.

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