Dec. 28, 2014

What to expect at the Canyon County Co-op

In its first week of sales, the Canyon County Co-op sold more than 100 memberships, a third of the way to its goal of selling 300 by the spring, said founding member Sarah Nelson. A group of residents and downtown business owners came together to bring the co-op to Nampa after the Boise Co-op announced in July that it will open its second location in Meridian, despite Nampa’s efforts to bring it farther west. The new co-op will be the fourth in Idaho, according to the Cooperative Grocer Network, along with the Boise Co-op, Pocatello Co-op and Moscow Co-op. The 4,935-square-foot store will be at 1415 First St. S., a building now occupied by Snake River Crossfit, which is moving to a new location in Nampa. It is scheduled to open this summer.

Nov. 5, 2014

Millionaire Grocery Clerks: The Amazing WinCo Foods Story from Forbes

Well-deserved accolades for homegrown WinCo from Forbes, "Outside of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, the WinCo store represents an unusually concentrated – and unlikely — grouping of millionaires. The secret to their wealth is employee ownership. Since 1985, WinCo, which operates 98 stores across eight states from its headquarters in Boise , Idaho, has been employee owned, with an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, as the vehicle for its workers’ main retirement savings."