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.
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.
Fred Fuller Park:
497 Middlebury Dr., Kent, OH (Outdoor Pavilion #2)
6pm – 7pm Potluck
7pm – 9pm Meeting
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.
The Annual Meeting has been set for
Sunday, June 22, 6:00pm
Fred Fuller Park
497 Middlebury Dr., Kent, OH (Outdoor Pavilion)
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.
Masonic Temple, 409 W. Main St., Kent, OH
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.
At the most recent general membership meeting, Kent Natural Foods Co-op kicked off a fundraising effort to raise $25,000 towards our expansion. With nearly two-thousand dollars already committed, we are moving into the next phase of the campaign – an online, crowdfunding drive on Kickstarter. On Wednesday, August 21st at 1:00 pm, a videographer will be filming at the KNFC, and we encourage you to come down and put the “crowd” into crowdfunding!
Crowdfunding Video Press Release (printable)
Annual Meeting of the Kent Natural Foods Co-op General Membership
State of the Co-op Address by KNFC Vice-President Fred Pierre
I welcome the members of the Kent Natural Foods Co-op. You may have joined because you like to eat healthy, to participate in the ownership of a downtown grocery, or because you have a vote and a voice in the cooperative. You may have joined because you believe in the principles of open membership and democratic decision-making, or because you want to help grow a local,member-owned business. Whatever the reason, you have succeeded by making healthy, local and organic food more available.
Kent Natural Foods Co-op provides services that go beyond the traditional commercial grocery. Over the last 42 years in business, we have offered educational materials and workshops, sponsored local food events, and helped customers locate hard-to-find foods, vitamins and ecological household products. We have worked hard to stock product lines that are cruelty-free, non-toxic and sustainably produced, in addition to providing gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian products. We look for products with minimal, or recyclable packaging. We purchase from local sources whenever possible, to reduce the fossil fuel consumption for shipping. The store recycles almost all of its waste, and composts its leftover produce for our vegetable and herb garden.