The opening of Rachel Ingram‘s article in the March 25 issue [“Growth Curve,” Xpress] states: “A few days after learning that Katuah Market will close at the end of the month, French Broad Food Co-op member-owners convened a March 21 community meeting. …”
The impression given is that we member-owners of the co-op only called our meeting after learning of Katuah’s planned closing, like we were “jumping” on an opportunity to take advantage of someone else’s misfortune. This statement stuck in my craw, and I had to write to dispel such an impression. Our member-owner meeting was planned weeks ahead to discuss the future and the potential expansion of the co-op.
I always feel badly when a decent business has to shut its doors, and I feel for the owner and workers at Katuah Market.
The co-op’s current success is due to the hard work of its board, management, front-line staff, worker-owners and the support of shoppers from our entire community, despite tough corporate competition. Kudos to them.
— Anne Craig
Co-op member for over 30 years