Co-op members vote to close Haywood Market

At a meeting on Tuesday evening, a group of Haywood Road Market members gathered at the Bledsoe Building in West Asheville to discuss the future of the co-op in light of an eviction notice from the building’s owners.

According to co-op board President April DeLac, the discussion was well-rounded, with the participants’ numbers fluctuating throughout the meeting.

“We had a really good conversation,” DeLac said.

A vote by attending co-op members overwhelmingly favored declaring bankruptcy and closing the market, but DeLac says there weren’t enough people in the room to make the vote official. Under the co-op’s charter, a quorum of at least 50 people, or 10 percent of the 750 or so members, is required for a formal decision.

So, DeLac says, the co-op’s six board members will convene this Saturday to vote on the matter. And though Tuesday’s turnout was not enough to make a final decision, DeLac said the outcome of that vote will play into the discussion by board members.

”The board will absolutely take this vote under advisement in its decision,” she told Xpress.

Brian Postelle, staff writer


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  1. Rob Close

    to me, the point of a food co-op was for everyone to put their money together so that they could get their food cheaper. but they seemed to charge $1 more on most everything – i’d go in there intending to do most of my weekly shopping, and would walk out with the 1 or 2 items that i could find reasonably priced. just let it be a lesson to future business owners…

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