Greetings Members and Shoppers,
My name is Brian Peat and I’d like to take an opportunity to introduce myself. I am the new general manager at Harvest Co-op Markets. After over twelve years living in elsewhere, it feels great to be back home in good, old New England and leading the management and staff of our historic Co-op.
At the time I am writing this, I’ve been working at Harvest for just under two weeks and am working diligently to get up to speed on operations, our financial position, and everything Co-op related. I’ve had a great transition with our interim general manager to ensure a smooth and informed transition. Wynston did a wonderful job and we can’t thank her enough.
I realize that we are in an extremely difficult financial position and it is compounded by the fact that we are in our slowest season of the year. But I am confident that we will be able cooperatively work through this period and emerge on the other side as a stronger business and a more community-oriented co-op.
I am also very happy to report that we’re not alone in turning Harvest around. We have so much support coming from National Co+op Grocers, other co-ops around New England, our suppliers, and of course, you, our members. There is no silver bullet that will solve all the issues but we have a great team and a dedicated staff pouring their hearts into our Co-op every day.
Our financial position is, of course, our number one focus but we will also be working hard to provide outstanding customer service, strengthen our relationship with local food suppliers and increase the amount of food we can offer you that strengthens our local food economy. I am also keen to create opportunities to put ourselves out there in the Boston and Cambridge communities so that we can become the hub our members and communities crave.
Accomplishing all our objectives will take time but I am excited to be a part of this period in Harvest’s history.
Stay tuned and I will schedule some meet and greet times in our stores in September where I hope to meet many of you and hear what you love about our Co-op and how we can better serve you, our members and shoppers. As I have the chance to dig in and solidify plans for this turnaround, I will keep you updated through email, the newsletter, and any other methods of communication we can develop.
Harvest Co-op Markets