Linden Hills Co-op Remodel 2016


Let’s join together and create an improved store that continues to meet the needs of our community


May 23, 2016

Here's what happened last week:

>The new cheese island was installed
>Work progressed in the new dining area


What's planned for this week:

Work crews will put finishing touches on the new cheese island. It will be stocked with cut cheeses and an olive bar, with a salad bar soon to follow.
You'll notice new deli items in the expanded deli case, including new sandwich meats and bakery. Look for new made-to-order deli sandwiches coming soon!
Work will continue in the dining area


In the next few weeks:

The bakery case in the back corner of the store will be replaced with a new one.
The new dining area will open soon!

May 14, 2016

Remodel Update Week 14

What happened last week:

> Work crews replaced the deli counter. A new made-to-order sandwich counter and bakery case coming soon! 
> A portion of aisle 5 was removed. Bulk pet food products can now be found at the front of the store near the registers. Smaller pet food items and cleaning products have moved to the end of aisle 4. 
> The floor was prepped for the new cheese island, salad bar and olive bar.
> The new dining area remodel progressed!
While the community room is being remodeled, please use the counter near the registers or our patio for dining.


What's planned for this week:

> The cheese island will be built where the hot bar island used to be
> Work will continue on the new dining area
> Finishing touches will be done behind the deli counter


In the next few weeks:

We aim to have the deli, bakery and cheese department projects completed within the next two weeks!
The new dining area will open by the end of the month! 

May 7, 2016

Remodel Update Week 13

What happened last week:

> Work crews temporarily removed the soup, salad and hot bar
> Some deli and cheese items transitioned to aisle 6 
> Work crews installed the new hot bar and hot soup counter where the cheese department used to be 
> The new dining area remodel progressed
While the community room is being remodeled, please use the counter near the registers or our patio for dining.


What's planned for this week:

> The hot bar and hot soups will be available in their new area!
> The deli counter will be replaced
> Salads and sandwiches will be available prepackaged in aisle 6.


In the next few weeks:

> A new cheese island with an olive and salad bar will be installed where the old hot bar used to be
> A section of aisle 6 will be removed to make room for the new island
> The new dining area will open! 

May 2, 2016

Remodel Update Week 12

What happened last week:

> The kitchen remodel progressed
> The new dining area remodel progressed
> While the community room is being remodeled, please use the counter near the registers or our patio for dining.
> Some deli and cheese items transitioned to aisle 6 and to the cooler near the hot soups


What's planned for this week:

> The hot bar island will be removed starting Monday.
> You will still be able to find prepackaged olives, salads and cold soups near the other prepacked deli foods.
> All cheese and prepackaged deli foods will temporarily move to Aisle 6 (where the meat was stored).


In the next few weeks:

> Once the cheese department is moved from the current location, that area will transition into the hot bar and soup area.
> New cases will be installed in the deli department.
> The deli counter will be closed for 3-4 days as the cases are replaced. There will still be prepackaged salads, dips and sandwiches available in aisle 6.
> A new cheese island with an olive and salad bar will be installed by the end of May.

April 26, 2016

Remodel Update Week 11

What happened last week:

> The meat department opened! Check it out and find great deals!
> The kitchen remodel progressed
> The community room remodel began, and a temporary barricade was built around the community room
> The produce prep area returned to the back of the store


What's planned for this week:

> The dining area project will continue as planned
> The former community room will become our main dining area. This phase of the project is planned to last 4 weeks.
> Work will continue in the deli kitchen
> You may notice some bakery and deli items with limited or no availability throughout the deli remodel.


In the next few weeks:

> Work will begin in the deli, cheese, and hot bar areas
> You'll notice cheeses and prepacked deli items temporarily transitioning to aisle 6 where the meat was stored
> Some grocery items may be relocated

April 16, 2016

Remodel Update Week 10

The NEW meat counter will open on Thursday! Come check it out and find great sales! 

What happened last week:

> Work in the meat department progressed
> The kitchen remodel began in the non-retail area


What's planned for this week:

> The meat counter will open Thursday!
> The community room remodel is planned to begin Monday. A temporary barricade will be built around the current community room. 
> The community room will become our main dining area. This phase of the project is planned to last 4 weeks.
> The produce prep area will return to the back of the store. 

We're entering the final phase of our project!

Soon crews will begin work in the deli and hot bar area, in addition to the community room. We aim to have the remodel complete by June 1st! Stay tuned for details about our grand opening!

In the next few weeks:

> Work will begin in the deli, cheese, and hot bar areas.
> Some grocery items may be relocated.

April 9, 2016

Remodel Update Week 9

What happened last week:

> Progress continued on the coolers and work areas in the non-retail space
> Some staff offices were moved to make room for more back stock
> The meat department remodel progressed and remains on schedule
> The produce work area returned to the back of the store


What's planned for this week:

> The meat department remodel will continue as planned
> The deli kitchen remodel will begin in the non-retail area
> You may notice some bakery and deli items with limited or no availability during the week

April 2, 2016

Remodel Update Week 8

What happened last week:

> Construction occurred in the non-retail space where work crews took apart coolers and storage areas and began to install to new, larger coolers. 
> A wall was erected around the meat department and the old meat cases were removed.
> All meat and fish was temporarily moved to the coolers where dairy used to be.
> A produce work station was set up near the entry way while the produce prep area gets remodeled. 


What's planned for this week:

> Progress will continue on building the coolers and work areas in the  non-retail space. 
> Towards the end of the week, the produce work station will return to the non-retail area.
> Staff offices will be moved to make more room for back stock. 
> The meat department remodel will move forward  as planned.


In the next few weeks: 

The remodel of the community room is planned to begin mid-April! During the remodel, the only in store seating area will be the eat-in counter near the registers.  

March 26, 2016

Remodel Week 7 Update

What happened last week:

> Some walls in the back stock area were removed as we make room for larger coolers.
> The dairy cooler was stocked and is now ready for use! 


What's planned for this week:

> Pre-cut and packaged meats and fish will be moved to aisle 6, where the dairy products used to be. 
> A temporary produce work station will be set up near the first window of the produce department as the normal work area gets remodeled
> A new meat cooler will be installed in the non-retail space
> A temporary barricade will be built around the current meat department as we prepare to remodel

The Meat Department Remodel

We plan for the remodel of the meat department to last about 3 weeks (March 28 - April 20). During this time, we will only be offering pre-cut and packaged meats and fish. All items will be stored in aisle 6, where dairy used to be. 

During the remodel, we will not be able to offer the same variety of meats and fish that we usually do. Our meat manager has worked with the kitchen and Coastal Seafood to provide some varieties of fresh, pre-packaged seafood throughout the remodel. Although we will not be able to provide all of our Linden Hills Co-op prepared meats, we aim to offer delicious and comparable alternatives. 

The meat department staff will be available to assist and answer customer questions throughout the duration of the meat department remodel. 

March 21, 2016

Remodel Week 6 Update


What happened last week:

The dairy cooler doors and shelving was installed and areas in the back end were prepped for demolition.

What's planned for this week:

The dairy cooler will be finished and stocked by the end of the week. Some walls will be removed in the back end as work crews make room to install a larger cooler for the meat department.

In the next couple weeks:

> Once the dairy products are in the new cooler, pre-cut meats will move to aisle 6, where the dairy products are now.

>Work crews will build a temporary wall around the meat department to serve as a barricade as the department gets remodeled.
> During the remodel, all meats will be pre-cut and packaged and we will have no fresh seafood available. We will still have frozen fish available and may be able to special order fresh fish with 24 hour notice.

March 13, 2016

Remodel Week 5 Update

Here's what's happening this week:

We expect the dairy cooler doors to arrive early this week. At which point, we will begin bringing the cooler to temp, installing shelves and transferring dairy product. We hope to have most of the dairy products transferred to the new cooler by the end of this week. 

Coming up next:

As we prepare to expand our meat department, you'll notice some products moving to temporary locations. We'll keep you updated throughout the process.  

February 21, 2016

Remodel Week 3 Update


Here's what's happening this week:

The dairy cooler will be installed along the west wall throughout the week in several different phases. We aim to have the cooler stocked the first week of March. 

Products that have moved in the last week:


>Body lotions, soaps and sunscreens can be found on the new shelving facing the register. On the opposite side, you will find face care products, along with aromatherapy products.

> Reuasble food containers, cookware and bakeware, lunch packing supplies, water bottles and yoga gear can now all be found along the wall near the customer service desk.

>Pet food, ice melt, and all cases of water can now be found on the new shelving adjacent the registers.

View a complete list of moved product. 


February 15, 2016

Remodel Week 2 Update

Here's what's happening this week:

A new shelving aisle is currently being constructed in our Health and Body Care section, near the registers. This will house a makeup counter with product on one side, and body lotions, oils and sunscreens will be on the other side.

The shelving in the back of the store has been totally removed to make way for our new dairy cooler.

You may also notice that three of our freezer doors on the east wall are now empty. These are also being cleared to make way for the new dairy cooler. We removed a few slow sellers, and all other products have been worked into the next few freezers, just to the left.

A new shelving unit is being installed on the west wall, to house LaCroix water and other cases of water.

The high top eating bar will be reinstalled today, in front of the windows by the registers.

Products that have moved during these changes:

> Baby toys, care products, and general merchandise have been moved to one of the endcaps facing aisle 2.

> Snack bars have made the move to aisle 2, where the chocolate was. Chocolate can now be found just around the corner on the endcap facing our grab and go beverages.

> Some frozen products has moved from the three empty freezers, and has been worked into the next few freezers, just to the left. We also removed a few slow sellers from this case.

> Stainless steel and other reuasble food containers have moved to one of the endcaps facing aisle 2.

> Cookware and bakeware products have moved to the end of aisle 2, just past the sodas, waters, and other drinks. 


February 9, 2016

Remodel Week 1 Update

Here's what happened this past week:

The eating area near the registers has been removed. 

The registers have shifted towards the east wall.

Shelving was built where the customer service desk used to be. 

We've begun to move the products in the natual home area on the west wall to the front of the store to make room for our new dairy cooler.

Products that have moved:

> Baby food can now be found in aisle 5, near the west wall. 

> Our clothing can now be found on the new display area near the registers.

> The snack bars will be moving to aisle 2.

> View a complete list of moved product.                                                                                                                              

> Look for signs in store and Wellness staff to help you find other items that may have moved.

Coming Up! February 15-19

Starting next week, we'll be taking down the rest of the shelves on the west wall that used to house natural home products and beginning to remove a portion of the freezers to make room for a walk-in dairy cooler. 

We'll be building a new shelf unit in the Wellness Department on the east side towards the registers.

We'll be building new shelves for the cases of water at the end of the registers.

We're also reinstalling the eating counter near the registers. The counter will be shorter and turned around to face the window. 


January 30, 2016

Construction is set to begin Thursday, February 4th!

Work crews will be removing the bar and eating area near the registers. Please use the community room for in store dining in the meantime.  

What to expect in the next few weeks:
> The front eating area will be temporarily removed.

> Registers will be moved back towards the east wall. There may be limited registers open at times, primarily during the morning hours.

> Register 1 will be turned into an express lane.

> The customer service desk will be moved closer to the registers and turned to face the entry doors.

> New shelving units will be built in the health and wellness and natural home departments

 

We've recently created new ways to communicate with you about the remodel. 

> Look for our remodel communication board in the entryway (above the kid carts). 

> Sign up for our weekly remodel update e-newsletter  

> Look for our in store chalkboard letting you know what's going on during major construction days. 

Remember to revisit this page throughout the remodel process, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and watch the remodel communication board in the entryway for updates and changes. 


December 9th, 2015

 

Dear fellow LHC owners,


At our annual meeting in October, management announced a plan to refresh our store.  You may have also seen articles in the Rolling Oats Journal or signs at the front door or at checkout.  We are excited for the opportunity that this refresh provides to better serve you and our community.  The refresh will allow us to grow our fastest-growing departments, expand our most popular offerings, and respond to the increased competition in our market area.
 
We are in the process of finalizing the overall plan.  The board of directors has worked closely with store management to understand the drivers for the project, the vision, and the financial justification.  Again, if you attended our annual meeting, you heard about all the new entrants into our neighborhood and existing stores that expanded or remodeled.  It is fairly standard to update a grocery store and replace some equipment about every 5-7 years which is exactly where we are.  Our desired layout will focus more on the deli and meat departments.  This means an expanded salad bar and cheese island and a dedicated hot bar.  Meat will have an expanded cold case which will have more room for grilled-ready products like house-made sausages and marinated cuts.  This applies to both retail “selling” space and back room preparation and storage.  In fact, one of our changes will be to switch to a more energy and waste efficient dairy case.
 
While it is always exciting to talk about how new and fun a project will be, the board of directors has a fiduciary responsibility to make sure that the benefit outweighs the cost.  The management team has done a great job of bidding out all the jobs and materials to ensure we get the best price possible at our quality standards.  The board has also asked for and received multiple iterations of what the future growth opportunities will look like and examined multiple iterations of high sales, low sales, fixed costs, and staffing needs.  Our finance manager developed a project case and obtained multiple loan offers from banks competing for our business on the strength of our existing cash flow and solid business plan.  We have also been able to take advantage of low interest rates and use our retained earnings to finance our share of the project.  
 
The engagement from the whole team has been fantastic.  Ideas have come from all levels of the staff.  You also may have seen that we are having a series of listening sessions to hear from you about what is important and what we can adjust before construction begins around February.  We also welcome any questions or concerns you have.  Your elected board of directors are firmly behind this project and look forward to shopping in our refreshed store this summer as much as you do!
 
Yours in cooperation,
 Alex Slichter
President, Linden Hills Co-op Board of Directors

 


December 1, 2015

 

Over the past two years our general manager and board of directors have been working together to create a thoughtful and comprehensive growth plan for our co-op. This plan originated as a response to the rapid changes we have experienced in the retail food market over the past few years. Not only have we seen new grocers popping up around the perimeter of our location but organic foods have entered the mainstream and our corporate competitor’s shelves are lined with products you once could only purchase at a co-op. Our shoppers’ relationships with food have change as well. Shoppers are looking for more convenient foods and they are willing to travel to as many as 3.5 other stores (the average amount of grocery stores a co-op member shops at) to get what they want. Based on these trends it has become evident to our store leaders that we can no longer go forward with the same strategies and expect to see the growth we need to keep our store fiscally healthy. After months of research and planning we have come to the exciting conclusion that remodeling our store is the most effective and prudent option for remaining relevant, competitive and financially profitable.

Currently, we are in the initial design phase of our project and we have been working with a construction company on renderings of the remodel. We have solicited feedback from our staff about how to improve the shopping experience and work environment in our store. We have received excellent, insightful feedback that has guided our project in this crucial phase. At our annual meeting we surveyed members in attendance about what they would like to see as part of the remodel. This survey is now available in store and on our website; we invite you to voice your thoughts and ideas! We believe that by listening to your feedback and requests we can create a store that positively impacts our community by providing more of what members want, deepening our relationship with local vendors and farmers and providing more healthy food options to our shoppers. Together we can ensure that we keep more of our money in our local economy and that co-ops gain a greater market share of the organic foods industry.

Through our remodel we seek to:


• Expand our offerings in our meat and prepared foods departments

• Increase efficiency and selection in refrigerated grocery

• Create a new community gathering and dining space

• Improve the overall shopping experience and layout of our store

• Update vital operating equipment for our meat and deli departments

• Increase back stock and food prep areas for our grocery, deli, and meat department

• Bring in more local meats, and house made meat options

• Create more jobs for our community

We will keep you up to date and informed through each step of our project. We will be securing financing for the project during the month of December and will order equipment in January. We anticipate that construction will begin by February and that the project will be completed by the end of summer. We will remain open through the duration of the project.

 Stay tuned for more details!


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