Just Local Food Announces New General Manager

Eau Claire, WI— February 25, 2019 —  Just Local Food announces that as of February 18, Scott Zellmer is the new General Manager of Just Local Food Coop located at 1117 South Farwell Street.   

“The Board is extremely pleased to find such a qualified person,” said Rachel Hart-Brinson, President of the Just Local Food Board of Directors.

GM Background

Scott Zellmer brings over 20 years of retail food experience to Just Local Food. He previously served as buyer and GM for The Coffee Grounds and Hahn’s Market, both located in Eau Claire, WI.  Most recently he was the Sales Manager for Sand Creek Brewery in Black River Falls, WI.

Just Local Food’s History

Started in 2004 as a milk delivery worker-owned cooperative, Just Local Food is Eau Claire’s only customer-owned grocery cooperative specializing in justly and locally produced quality food.  It currently has over 1100 owner- members.

Expansion Update January 2019

Dear Just Local Food owners:

The Board of Just Local Food wants to give all of our owners an update on the expansion project. Obviously, we have not opened a new store on Water Street by fall of 2018. However, we have been working hard since our last update in October and want to share our progress.
We have spent over eight hours in planning sessions over the last month and a half. We have emerged from that work with clarity on several points. We remain committed to an expansion project and have been working hard toward that end. Our new market study, completed at the end of October, presented us with some new options and ideas so we need to do some more work to get the plan right.
One of the things we need to do is hire a General Manager. We continue to work toward finding the right candidate to lead our co-op. With a new General Manager in place, we will be in a position to reimagine and redesign an expansion project. While this process unfolds, 100% of the funds that you have invested in the expansion are being held in trust. In the unlikely event that the expansion does not happen, these funds will be returned to all of you who have invested.
To help develop a clear and compelling business plan, we will be asking you, our owners, to answer customer surveys and/or be part of focus groups so we can understand what our customers want and need. Please keep an eye out for communications regarding these opportunities to share your valuable input.
And, as always, if you have any questions, please let us know by contacting us at board@justlocalfood.com.

Best regards,

Rachel Hart-Brinson

President, Just Local Food Board of Directors

Let’s Talk Turkey!

Two years running, Just Local Food Co-op has sold more delicious free-range turkeys than any other small-sized co-op in the United States (and thereby the world…), and we’d like to shatter our previous records.
If you’d like to reserve a bird, we still have ’em!  Stop in or call the store: 715.552.3366.

The nuts and bolts: Free-range, pharmaceutical-free turkeys from Kadejan Market in Glenwood, Minnesota. $2.39/pound–the best price in town (again)! Kadejan (pronounced “Katie-Jan” after the farmer’s two daughters) turkeys will arrive “USDA fresh” (partly frozen so as to prohibit bacterial growth) and be available for pick-up all day Tuesday (7:30 AM – 9 PM) and all day Wednesday (7:30 AM – 9 PM).

Just want a little bit of turkey at Thanksgiving–not a whole bird? We have boneless turkey breast, bone-in turkey thighs, turkey shanks, and ground turkey, too.

We’re loaded to the gills with smoked ham, lots of lamb, whole chickens, skinless rabbits, beefy roasts, wild fishes, salami, sausage, jowel bacon, etc. et al.

Questions? Stop in, call the store, or e-mail Nik: nik@justlocalfood.com.​


Help Us Say Farewell to Farwell!

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Just Local Food and its foundation are built on strength; a unity between families who shop with us, and our community that advocates for change, progress, and rethinking the way we go about things – which is exactly what our 2018 Expansion Plans seek to do. With just a few weeks left in our Capital Campaign, we look to you, the Chippewa Valley, to help us help you by putting your hard-earned dollars towards a new facility that we hope will have a cultural impact beyond the local and organic products we sell. Let’s grow together.
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