Co-op re­mains com­mit­ted to com­mu­nity

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

While the Drumheller Co-op gro­cery store may no longer have a pres­ence in the com­mu­nity, the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­mains com­mit­ted to the com­mu­nity.

The gro­cery store was opened for its last day on Satur­day, March 4. De­spite this, gen­eral man­ager Brent Walker says the Drumheller Co-op will be re­tain­ing many of itS com­mu­nity sup­port pro­grams.

The Co-op Till Tape pro­gram has been a great sup­port for com­mu­nity groups and non-prof­its over the years, and on Fri­day, Jan­uary 27, it dis­trib­uted $13,853 to 41 groups. In its 17-year his­tory, it has given back more that $300,000 to the com­mu­nity.

Walker says it will con­tinue with the Till Tape Pro­gram us­ing re­ceipts from the Gas Bar as well as the Home and Agro Cen­tre, al­though he ac­knowl­edges that it may not be as lu­cra­tive for groups.

“We will be look­ing at other op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­vest in the com­mu­nity,” said Walker.

The Co-op also has a gift card pro­gram where groups are able to sell gift cards to raise funds for their causes. He said this would also be con­tin­ued.

In the Green­tree Mall, the Co-op has over­seen the used book rack where res­i­dents and vis­i­tors can pick up or leave used books and pay with a do­na­tion. Re­cently the Co-op pre­sented the Drumheller Li­brary So­ci­ety with a do­na­tion of over $1,200. Walker says Tug’s Pop Cul­ture and Sports will con­tinue to over­see this.

The Co-op gas bar is also con­tin­u­ing to is­sue Co-op cash. Cus­tomers will be able to use this in the Gas Bar and the Home and Agro Cen­tre. The mall also has a num­ber of events cur­rently sched­uled in­clud­ing the Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Spring Trade Show and the Ro­tary Club of Drumheller’s White Ele­phant Sale. These will go as sched­uled. West Coast Amuse­ments is also slated to set up their tents and mid­way later this spring.

The Co-op an­nounced on Fe­bru­ary 8 it would be clos­ing its gro­cery op­er­a­tions. This has af­fected about 30 em­ploy­ees. Walker said a num­ber have been able to find place­ments with the Co-op sys­tem in stores such as Red Deer and as far away as Ucluelet, BC on Van­cou­ver Is­land.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Co-op gro­cery store closed on Satur­day, March 4. How­ever many of its com­mu­nity sup­port pro­grams re­main in place.

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