Focus on variety, not just organic

Hi LBGC! I am so excited you guys exist! I was considering buying a share, but what stopped me is the emphasis on organic food. I am a HUGE fan of sustainable and local produce, and was really disappointed by the grocery stores (or lack thereof) when I moved from Berkeley to Long Beach. My hesitation is not because I am against organic food, but because I'm concerned that a grocery store that tries to only carry organic food will be inaccessible because of price. A great example of a store that carries both organic and non-organic food and is absolutely a community center is the Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley. Its certainly unfortunate that organic food tends to cost more, but its a reality, and I want to make sure I'm investing in a grocery store that is accessible to EVERYONE in the community, not only middle/upper class people. Happy to hear thoughts and opinions!


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  • Adam Field
    commented 2016-06-11 09:14:00 -0700
    Absolutely. Having organic produce is important if the price isn’t too crazy, but some things just don’t matter so much, and price and quality, I would say, are equally important. If you try to be Whole Foods, I’m going to keep going to Trader Joes. ;)
  • Adam Field
    tagged this with Good 2016-06-11 09:13:59 -0700
  • Michelle Marie Engelman Berns
    commented 2016-05-30 09:52:40 -0700
    Ashley and Nalika, if you are still following, we have just received back our Market Survey so things are moving along! I hope you are checking bacon our FaceBook page as well. Thank you again for your interest!
  • Michelle Marie Engelman Berns
    tagged this with Good 2016-05-30 09:52:40 -0700
  • Michelle Marie Engelman Berns
    commented 2016-03-19 22:58:52 -0700
    Hi Ashley, I am a Board Member, so I would like to address this great question. We have taken many tours of Co-ops around the country, and we will be doing this the right way. We will hire a professional to help us with a Market Survey that will tell us exactly what our community wants, and give us options for the most successful areas in which to consider putting the store. All is not in stone, and that IS the great thing about being an owner/member in an economically democratic business, you will have a vote and a say. Thank you for the input and The Hybrid store is a model that we have seen work for many areas. Our focus will be healthy, natural, organic, but that is not to say that will be our only merchandise. We want to serve Long Beach in the best possible way. Hope this helps! Michelle Engelman Berns
  • Michelle Marie Engelman Berns
    tagged this with Important 2016-03-19 22:58:50 -0700
  • Nalika Gajaweera
    commented 2016-03-17 19:47:13 -0700
    It’s a great question and one I was going to ask myself! Looking forward to hearing the thoughts.
  • Nalika Gajaweera
    tagged this with Important 2016-03-17 19:47:12 -0700
  • Ashley Thomas
    published this page in Suggestions 2016-03-17 15:45:52 -0700