From the GM—May 2018

Dear Karma Members,

It’s official. Spring has sprung! The local greens have started to make their way through our doors, and we’re looking forward to what’s to come. We’re patiently awaiting the fiddleheads and wild leeks. We’ll let you know as soon as they arrive!

I am very excited to share with you some very big news. Some of you know that retrofitting our bulk section has been a dream of mine since I started my work as General Manager. Well, this dream is coming true! In mid-June, Karma will be getting new bulk bins! New bins will increase the general aesthetics of the store, make better use of floor space, and keep products fresher, longer. It will also mean no more pre-bagging bulk in plastic bags!! You will be able to get all our bulk in your own receptacles in as little or as much as you like. This will also extend to our frozen bulk items such as wild blueberries and refrigerated bulk items, including parmesan cheese and hemp hearts. Increasing our unpackaged bulk selection will hopefully lead to increased sales in the department. I very much hope you will love the investment! I know the staff and I cannot wait.

In April, we wrapped up our social media campaign. A successful go for our first attempt! We are starting to see an increase in new shoppers who have found out about Karma through social media. Thank you to all the members who participated in sharing their Karma stories with us, and their beautiful faces. And a very, very big thank you to the member who covered the costs of hiring our social media consultant through a generous donation. This will most definitely benefit our co-op. THANK YOU!

Karma is now more energy efficient! We qualified for Toronto Hydro’s refrigeration retrofit program. We received night curtains for our produce display cooler, strip curtains for our walk-in coolers, and a new motor for our produce cooler!

In staffing news, Sierra and Cheyenne are leaving Karma to pursue work in their fields. We are so grateful to them for all of their energy and work that they brought to Karma. We will miss them both and wish them all the very best in whatever comes their way. Best of luck you two! You will be missed!

Prue and Christina are our newest staff members! Prue will be taking over the responsibilities of the HABA department. Welcome both!

Yours co-operatively,

Talia McGuire
General Manager
Karma Co-op