boycott the bisbee co-op

boycott the bisbee co-op

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healhtnut

Bisbee, AZ

#1 Oct 24, 2007
When you walk into the bisbee food coop, the first thing that you notice are the $15,000 sliding glass doors. Maybe the next thing you'll see are the 50 different kinds of hand lotion sitting prettily on the shelves. there are donation bins for every charity in town and they are even starting to do their own recycling. They have created their own vision of perfection- this unfortunately does not include a decent deli, decently priced produce, or even cheerful, helpful employees, only those grudgingly performing their minimal duties. with the organic items readily available at safeway which, by the way, is open long before and long after the co-op since the realize that people are generally at or or driving to/from work during 8-6 any given day.
basically, the co-op is joke and it won't konw it until the revenues dry up. why, just the other day, though I counted 6 people working, I stood at the register for over 10 minutes until I finally gave up and left. I noticed that the clerks were deeply engaged in a conversation about the hand lotion shelf

“Homina Homina”

Since: Mar 07

Bisbee AZ

#3 Oct 25, 2007
healhtnut wrote:
When you walk into the bisbee food coop, the first thing that you notice are the $15,000 sliding glass doors. Maybe the next thing you'll see are the 50 different kinds of hand lotion sitting prettily on the shelves. there are donation bins for every charity in town and they are even starting to do their own recycling. They have created their own vision of perfection- this unfortunately does not include a decent deli, decently priced produce, or even cheerful, helpful employees, only those grudgingly performing their minimal duties. with the organic items readily available at safeway which, by the way, is open long before and long after the co-op since the realize that people are generally at or or driving to/from work during 8-6 any given day.
basically, the co-op is joke and it won't konw it until the revenues dry up. why, just the other day, though I counted 6 people working, I stood at the register for over 10 minutes until I finally gave up and left. I noticed that the clerks were deeply engaged in a conversation about the hand lotion shelf
I wouldn't put much stock in what this poster has to say. They can't even spell H-E-A-L-T-H-N-U-T. Those doors cost about 1/10th of the $15,000 you state. The Bisbee Food Coop has been in business for about 25 years and I doubt one less whiney customer will hurt them.

“Sierra Vista Local for 25yrs.”

Since: Jan 07

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Oct 25, 2007

“Sierra Vista Local for 25yrs.”

Since: Jan 07

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Oct 25, 2007
Bisbee Co-op Staff

United States

#7 Oct 25, 2007
I tend to never get involved in forums, however this one hit pretty close to home ( literally )...
I have worked at the Bisbee Co-op a number of years, and I love the place for many reasons. It is unfortunate that you (healhtnut) had a bad experience. I can't go back and make it right, however if you were willing to come in again, with any luck perhaps we (the co-op staff) might have a chance to make it up to you.

As you may know the BFC ( Bisbee Food Co-op ) is looking for a General Manager... perhaps you could step in and correct the issues first hand.

If that is a bit unrealistic... it's a co-op, run by the members.... GET INVOLVED... stop letting other alter your vision of the Bisbee Co-op...

If you just close your mind to the place, you are only to blame for what happens here....

IT'S YOUR CO-OP... RUN BY AND FOR THE COMMUNITY... GET INVOLVED
NEXT BOARD MEETING IS NOVEMBER 12 at the Bisbee YMCA...

see you there

“Sierra Vista Local for 25yrs.”

Since: Jan 07

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Oct 26, 2007
Local wrote:
So, Pauly posts his post twice, thinking we will think better of it.
Hey moron, it's called a system error unlike your mental illness becuase it can be fixed. Go make sure your house doesn't burn down.
Coop Worker

United States

#10 Oct 26, 2007
First off, I would like to apologize to "healhtnut" for feeling so unhappy with the coop that he was compelled to post this. Trying to compare the coop to safeway is ridiculous. They are two completely different businesses-one being a corporation and the other being a small business. You are right that it would be more convenient to be open earlier and later, but with a staff so small, that just isn't possible at this time. Yes, organic produce at Safeway may be cheaper sometimes- let me once again remind you of small business vs. corporation. As for friendliness of the staff, sometimes people/customers who are obviously annoyed and unhappy seem intimidating and put out the energy that they want to be left alone....just a thought. If I personally saw you standing waiting for someone to help you, I would have. Sometimes the cashier leaves a bell at the register during slow times so he/she can catch up on other work, don't be shy! Or just go ahead and ask the folks engaged in conversation about lotion to help you out! Nobody is perfect, we all have bad days. If you need anything, just ask, we'll help you out.
Sherry

United States

#11 Oct 27, 2007
Food City is a great place to shop for carrots! I usually get them for 33 cents a pound, sometimes for 25 cents and my horse loves them. I can buy 5 to 10 lbs at a time for that price and my horse always has treats. My dogs love the carrots too.
pizzanut

United States

#12 Oct 27, 2007
hey, healhtnut- i can think of a certain pizza place with less than regular hours, less than friendly service, and less than quality pizza. you know what they say about glass houses........
To Coop

Bisbee, AZ

#13 Oct 27, 2007
Very reasonable and helpful answer.
CO-OP EMPLOYEE

Tucson, AZ

#14 Oct 28, 2007
Maybe an explanation of how the co-op runs would help give you a little food for thought. Oftentimes when you see two people behind the register and you are waiting in line you are not being ignored. Recently we have been training new cashiers and often with our very old registers confusing mistakes occur and need to be straightened out before check out can be completed. Also, not everyone that works at the co-op are trained to work the registers. So if you see two people behind, but only one person working the registers, chances are only one of the two are capable of checking our customers out.

To respond to seeing six people working, it seems that you must have been in on one of our order receiving days. We have two days a week where we receive our grocery orders, so those are the days when most of the staff are present.

As regards to your comment about our overpriced produce, I'd just like to say that the co-op makes very little money (if any at all) on our produce. We have it because of course it's a necessity and it's beautiful, but produce has a lot of loss and is very expensive to maintain. Our produce mark-up is completely in line with other small grocery stores and co-ops.
We care a great deal about our customers. If they don't shop there, we don't have jobs. We do our absolute best to pass on any deals we can to our shoppers. We know that taking care of what you put in and on your body can be more spendy than eating mac n' cheese and using petroleum based body care products everyday. So when our suppliers give us a discount for product, we pass that onto the shopper. Remember, we are the shoppers too! Most of the co-op employees purchase most, if not all, of their grocery, health and body care products from the co-op.

I'm also sorry that you feel we are grudgingly doing our jobs. I have an entirely different opinion on that. Most days we are laughing and joking around with smiles on our faces, but everyone has days when the smiles don't come so easy and perhaps you caught somebody on one of those days.

So please don't be sending out negative boycott messages about the co-op. Many people that work there put a lot of positive hard work and energy into keeping it running and truly care about it and our customers. I know that I'm proud to be a part of it and I can't tell you how many times I've heard our customers rave about items in our deli, how beautiful our produce is, how helpful the staff has been and how how thankful they are to have all this accessible to them. Remember, we are on the border and the next co-op is quite a ways away. It's really quite unbelievable that we have what we do. Be thankful for it and get involved if you'd like to see some changes or have a voice in what's going on. We are constantly trying to improve and grow.

Since: Sep 07

Bisbee, AZ

#16 Oct 28, 2007
I know it's hard to believe...but Paulie actually helped me out ! I had been avoiding the inaptly named COOP since discovering that it wasn't one 3 years ago.
Since I would rather donate effort to a COOP than $ to a business (non-profit or not ) I might just consider joining !
Arizona Girl

Mesa, AZ

#17 Oct 29, 2007
Since when are the people of Bisbee in such a hurry? It will be a sad day for me, the day that Bisbee becomes as hurried as it is in a large city! Please, don't lose the friendly, relaxed feeling that I get when I come to visit.
Arizona Girl

United States

#19 Oct 30, 2007
Hi LaidBackintheB-
Thank you for understanding. And you won't believe this but it says I am from Mesa, AZ. Well I actually am from Scottsdale which is a part of the BIG city of Phoenix. However having said that, I am one of the chosen few who may live in a BIG city but, still 'stop to smell the roses'. I just LOVE Bisbee and the friendly, slower, relaxed town.
I miss it - haven't been to Bisbee since April of this year. Wanting to plan a trip down there VERY SOON! Bye for now- Remember to BREATHE! Oh, and don't ever forget how beautiful your mountains are there.:)
Honoria

United States

#20 Mar 29, 2010
Lived in the area of Bisbee for over 18 years. We Produced beautiful organic food. The Co-Op was never particularly friendly to us at any given time. They were clannish,the kitchen was a unholy mess and the manager at the time, ugh.

Finally they got another stove, cleaned the place better, LOL still wouldn't buy our organic produce, never returned calls.

Seems managers came and went, but there was only one person who came in who we depended on and it was Laura. Always a guarded(personna), nonetheless she gave us correct info on herbs and healing. We weren't friends but she at least treated us with civility and concern. We were grateful for that gift.

The CO-OP is what it is. It may change as times get harder...hopefully more user friendly but if not....so be it.
Co op Customer

Bisbee, AZ

#21 Mar 29, 2010
I have been here for many many years. I have seen the Co op go up and down. Currently, in my opinion, they need to start doing a lot better. I have noticed boxed items on the shelves which have expired. The freezer area is packed with those horrid Amy's Pizzas. Some of the so called organically raised local eggs are suspect as to what one of the producers is feeding their chickens. I am not sure I want eggs from chickens that are fed dumpster garbage. You never know whether or not they will have homemade items available. One time I purchased an extremely delicious dinner entree. Then, I never saw it again. I think their biggest problem is whoever is stocking the shelves and buying the merchandise to sell. Also, a complete lack of consistency. As the other poster stated, it is what it is. I do shop there for bulk items which is nice when you want a small amount of beans or spices. I am glad the Co op is in Bisbee, I just think they could do a whole lot better and have more business. As an afterthought, there really isn't a happy atmosphere around the store as there use to be. It almost seems as though the workers are unhappy. Maybe not, but they give that impression.
co-op employee

Bisbee, AZ

#22 Mar 29, 2010
Honoria-

Sorry that you have had such negative experiences with the coop. You are right, managers have come and gone. The current manager, Greg, has been great for the place. He is super friendly and genuinely interested in concerns of our customers. You should come in and introduce yourself. He'd be glad to meet you.

Co-op customer-

I wanted to address your concerns about the eggs. First off, nowhere do we say that the local eggs are organic!! As a co-op, we try to carry local products whenever possible. A majority of our egg buyers want the local ones. There are phone numbers right there on the carton for the ranch/farm that the eggs came from that you can call and they will be happy to give you the entire run down on their operation, or even invite you to stop by yourself! So give that some thought.

As stated by coop employees earlier on this thread. The coop is a community store and our members have the power to make changes. If you care about the products being carried, and the current or future state of the store, please get involved.
Defensive

Bisbee, AZ

#23 Mar 29, 2010
As usual it is the Co op customer's fault because we are not involved enough.

Since: Mar 10

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#24 Mar 30, 2010
healhtnut wrote:
When you walk into the bisbee food coop, the first thing that you notice are the $15,000 sliding glass doors. Maybe the next thing you'll see are the 50 different kinds of hand lotion sitting prettily on the shelves. there are donation bins for every charity in town and they are even starting to do their own recycling. They have created their own vision of perfection- this unfortunately does not include a decent deli, decently priced produce, or even cheerful, helpful employees, only those grudgingly performing their minimal duties. with the organic items readily available at safeway which, by the way, is open long before and long after the co-op since the realize that people are generally at or or driving to/from work during 8-6 any given day.
basically, the co-op is joke and it won't konw it until the revenues dry up. why, just the other day, though I counted 6 people working, I stood at the register for over 10 minutes until I finally gave up and left. I noticed that the clerks were deeply engaged in a conversation about the hand lotion shelf
Then DON'T shop at the co-op.... or join... go to Safeway..please.
co-op employee

Bisbee, AZ

#25 Mar 30, 2010
Defensive wrote:
As usual it is the Co op customer's fault because we are not involved enough.
I was just trying to give a productive answer. Sorry you are unhappy with the co-op. Have a great day!

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