After clos­ing its doors on Satur­day, Katan­ning’s BKW Co-op­er­a­tive may still sur­vive, with slim hope of a new of­fer to buy the busi­ness to be re­viewed this week.

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Saskia Adysti

BKW Co-op share­hold­ers were left in the dark when the Co-op an­nounced their clo­sure on Mon­day.

Shirley Bro­ken­shire, a Co-op share­holder since 1972 and for­mer em­ployee, said she found out about the Co-op clo­sure last Mon­day through a friend who works at the shop.

“Some of the share­hold­ers weren’t be­ing in­formed and some only re­ceived emails on Wed­nes­day about it, even though the of­fi­cial no­tice was given to the staff on Mon­day,” she said. “I think the Coop man­age­ment has a lot to an­swer for. ”Co-op administrator Neil Cribb said not all Co-op mem­bers had re­ceived his email to no­tify them about the Co-op clo­sure.

“Dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion, we have en­deav­oured to com­mu­ni­cate to mem­bers (by email) re­gard­ing the progress of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, not­ing that the Co-op’s records do not hold email ad­dresses for all mem­bers,” he said.

For­mer coun­cil­lor Alep My­die, who is also a long-term Co-op share­holder, said many Co-op mem­bers were left in the dark through­out the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“No one is re­ally telling us any­thing,” he said. “The Co-op has a lot of dif­fer­ent share­hold­ers, but they don’t re­ally in­volve us in their daily oper­a­tion.”

Mr My­die said the com­mu­nity needed to work to­gether to fill the gap the Co-op had left and en­cour­age every­one to shop lo­cally.

Pic­tures: Saskia Adysti

Some of the clos­ing down sale signs at the Katan­ning Co-op.

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