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Plainfield Co-op & Community Center
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Plainfield, VT

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Deeply Rooted in our Community since 1972.
Plainfield Co-op is a small, community-owned and operated food cooperative offering a full line of groceries. We love our members, but everyone is welcome to shop with us!

Recent Postings from this business

A Letter from the Board of Directors

A Letter from the Board of Directors
Plainfield, VT
Announcement
Jezebel
Mar 1, 2024

Hello Plainfield Co-op Community-

Many of you have been eagerly (and patiently) waiting for news about the expansion and relocation project. We continue to move forward with the plan to purchase Plainfield Hardware and move the Co-op to that location. It is a big project for a little co-op. As our financial consultant said, "The numbers work, but it is going to take a lot of heart." Our beloved Co-op has survived for over 50 years because of the strong support of the community and staff. I think... read more ▼

Hello Plainfield Co-op Community-

Many of you have been eagerly (and patiently) waiting for news about the expansion and relocation project. We continue to move forward with the plan to purchase Plainfield Hardware and move the Co-op to that location. It is a big project for a little co-op. As our financial consultant said, "The numbers work, but it is going to take a lot of heart." Our beloved Co-op has survived for over 50 years because of the strong support of the community and staff. I think we have the "heart" this will take. As a Board member, I am confident that we are making the right choice for the future of the Co-op, but it is going to take all of us to make it happen.

It has been a busy few months of writing grants and working with staff, consultants, lenders, and lawyers as the Board has done the due diligence to determine how to proceed. The owners of the hardware store are supportive and eager to work with the Co-op. Next steps involve more member engagement and transparency. We want you to share your vision for the future of this community owned store. We will maintain the hardware, deli, and greenhouse operations while significantly expanding the grocery selection to include more local and organic products. The goal is to become a store that can be the primary location for your weekly shopping, rather than traveling to Montpelier as most in the community do currently. What else could this store become over the next 5, 10, 20 years?

Here are some ways to be involved:

In the short term, we are working to stabilize and improve operations at the current store location. Sales continue to be down compared to prior years but we are finding ways to improve business practices so that every dollar spent is used effectively. We all need to continue to shop at the Co-op to keep the business going. Cash flow is extremely tight, staff need our support, and vendors need to be paid.

Keep your eyes out for an upcoming member information meeting. We will be sharing financial information, including the sources and uses of funds and details on projected sales/expenses/profits/cash flow. And we will be asking for your feedback and ideas!

We will be launching a Capital Campaign to raise money through member loans. Many co-ops in Vermont have used this model to raise money for projects like ours. Strong member support allows our other lenders to feel confident that the project has the support of the community. This is your store!

Please reach out with questions and comments to board@plainfieldcoop.com or contact any Board members individually.

Thank you!

Plainfield Co-op Board of Directors

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About Co-Op's Proposed Move to Hardware Store

About Co-Op's Proposed Move to Hardware Store
Plainfield, VT
Discussion
Jezebel
Feb 23, 2024

Q: What's happening with the move to Plainfield Hardware?
A: We don't have a signed purchase and sale agreement with the sellers yet. It should be any day now!

Q: When will the move happen?
A: We're aiming to finalize the purchase of Plainfield Hardware on June 1, 2024.

Q: Will there still be hardware at the new store?
A: YES! We'll be keeping the hardware area, as well as the seasonal greenhouse.

Q: What will happen to the Plainfield Co-op building?
A: No decisions have been made yet. We are... read more ▼

Q: What's happening with the move to Plainfield Hardware?
A: We don't have a signed purchase and sale agreement with the sellers yet. It should be any day now!

Q: When will the move happen?
A: We're aiming to finalize the purchase of Plainfield Hardware on June 1, 2024.

Q: Will there still be hardware at the new store?
A: YES! We'll be keeping the hardware area, as well as the seasonal greenhouse.

Q: What will happen to the Plainfield Co-op building?
A: No decisions have been made yet. We are open to input!

Q: What will happen to the Community Center?
A: We're working on figuring out a sustainable model for this invaluable community resource.

Q: How can we share our thoughts?
A: The Board will hold some information/listening sessions after we have a signed agreement. General Board meetings are also open to the public. And you can always post your thoughts on the Co-op's Facebook page, or email board@plainfieldcoop.com.

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Families Rise Up Climate Action Playgroup

Families Rise Up Climate Action Playgroup
Plainfield, VT
Event
Jezebel
Jan 10, 2024

Contact Heather Buckner for more info:

familiesriseupmontpelier@350vt.org
(612) 718-0229

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