Issue 011
In This Issue
By the Numbers

Co-op has 1760 owners


*  1166 shop regularly


*   546 never shopped


If those 546 owners who have never shopped at the Co-op would spend just $50 per month it would result in  $27,300 additional revenue each month !!!

Now that's some food for thought...

Events at the Co-op

Clemson had the most Pom Poms in the jar and is therefore declared the winner of our Scholar-SHOP Bowl.  

On Sat, Dec 3 the Co-op will donoate a % of  that day';s sales to a Clemson Scholarship. 

So SHOP LARGE this Saturday in order to boost the % of sales going to this Scholarship

Gift Ideas for the Holidays

We continue to sell engraved bricks for $100.00, (engraving included).
These make great Christmas Gifts. Order forms available at the store or  Brick Order FORM

Co-op launch our Gift Baskets on Small Business Saturday and will continue thru the New Year.  Bring your   Gift Basket ORDER FORM into the store and we will take care of the rest. 

Owners' Corner

OWNERSHIP DAYS Owner days will continue to be EVERY Wednesday of each Month. Owners will receive 10% off entire purchase (alcohol excluded, sorry).

Owners will receive 15% off special case orders anytime. A special order is by the case only. Cannot be combined with any other discount. There are special order forms at each register or just give your list to one of the managers.


Remember, any owner who spends over $500.00 in a given calendar month, will receive a $25.00 gift card to use on any purchase, or could be given as a gift to some one that has never shopped with us. 

Thanksgiving Turkey Sales

*84 turkeys -  1402 lbs

*21 breasts -  213 lbs

General Manager's Letter
Garland McQueen

As we enter the Christmas season and approach the end of another year, it gives cause to reflect upon the past year of the Co-op.

When I arrived on site as start-up General Manager, I saw the building (inside and out) and thought, "We need a miracle to make this a respectable store".

With the skills of our architect and an excellent construction crew, this miracle was accomplished and we opened 6 months from the day we began construction. We now have a local business that makes us proud to be owners and staff members.

I have spent a lot of time in the store, but could not have accomplished our goals without the assistance of the start-up crew that were invaluable in making this happen. Many of the first hires are still with the Co-op and others have moved on to other opportunities. This beginning crew demonstrated the sense of loyalty and the vision to make this happen.

Summer was a sleepy time as downtown Spartanburg had not yet realized that it had a first class co-op grocery in the neighborhood. The city is waking up and the sales are climbing! Please continue to encourage your friends and family to visit your co-op and help support their very own local business. I know they will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of our service and our products.

My contractual time with the Co-op was over in mid October, but I wanted to see our Co-op through the first holiday season, so I will still be the General Manager until the beginning of the New Year.

In early January, I will be leaving the Co-op to resume my consulting business. I have made a lot of friends that I will never forget and will always know that I was very instrumental in opening the first retail Co-op in the great state of South Carolina and in the great city of Spartanburg.

I would hope to see as many of you as possible before January so that I can express my thanks for giving me a Carolina welcome. I always leave a Co-op when my job is complete, but this will surely be one of the most difficult departures I have done.

I wish the Co-op staff and owners the best future and I will always remember my time at the Hub City Co-op in Spartanburg, SC.

Best Wishes,
Garland McQueen
General Manager
Hub City Co-op

Featured Vendor:   Compost House

Compost House is an organic waste recycling program geared for residents. We offer weekly curbside pick up or have a drop off site available. A crucial step in the table to farm movement, Compost House turns your organic waste into a nutrient rich soil amendment called compost. Buckets are provided. Finished compost available for customers upon request. Hub City Coop members qualify for a monthly discount. 

For details and more information on compost please see our website:

Leslie Rogers
Educator & Compost House Coodinator

Customer Service News

As you shop at the co-op this holiday season please consider donating a non-perishable food item to Total Ministries. We have a food barrel near the entrance/exit for easy drop-off. As a cooperative, one of our 7 guiding principles is a "concern for community", and helping those less fortunate fits perfectly within that principle.

Some items that are in need include: peanut butter, jelly, rice, dry beans, canned meat, grits, oatmeal, cereal, soup, pasta, canned vegetables, and canned fruit.

Each year Total Ministries helps prevent the loss of utility services, provides heating assistance, provides food, covers the costs of life-sustaining medications, assists with social services paperwork, and offers travel aid for stranded travelers.

For more information about Total Ministries, including how you can further help this organization please visit


As the holidays approach remember that as owners you save 15% off case orders. Something to think about when planning those big meals. Don't forget that this includes beer and wine.

I look forward to seeing you in the Co-op. If there is anything our team can do to better serve you please let me know. 
Joey Geier
Customer Service Manager
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The Co-op Deli staff now offers catering services for your office lunches, business meetings, Holiday parties etc.   Contact WES HOWARD or LINDSEY RAPSHAS to place your order.
Co-op store number:  864-515-3090

Mailing Addresses:
Hub City Cooperative
PO Box 5823
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29304

176 North Liberty Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306

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