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Eureka Co-op Remodel?

eureka-co-op1Tom on KGOE reports that plans are a-hatching for a $200,000 remodel of the still-new Eureka co-op.  He says a meeting tonight at the Wharfinger will discuss the plan.

Given the state of the economy, and the relatively recent grand opening, one questions the timing and necessity of such a project.

Sure, the place looks like a prison in Disneyland, but it’s functional.  What else matters in these desperate times?

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  1. Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I am proud to say I am one of the local people who will soon be able to shop (again) at the Co-op – just as soon as the dysphoric architecture and paint job are gone.

  2. HumboldtBlue
    March 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    The building is anxious and depressed? A paint job prevents you from spending gobs of money on exorbitantly priced merchandise?

  3. Mike Buettner
    March 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I heard it is an interior remodel only.

  4. Da Man
    March 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    …including the new Live Lobster habitat…

  5. Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Who in their right mind finds this building attractive?

  6. Carol
    March 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Maybe my left mind finds the building attractive. The mural is nice!

  7. humboldturtle
    March 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Who with an attractive mind might find this building right?

  8. crazy horse
    March 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Always been over-priced. Better deals , and all around better everything at ENF.

  9. humbeau
    March 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I thought Arkley owned the building!?

  10. Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Your member dollars at work. Maybe they can move their precious fish sculpture to Eureka.

  11. LoletaHermit
    March 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I did have to boggle at the 20th century prison with foofoos on top design they used. But if it’s true that they’re just doing an interior remodel…. ugh

  12. Anony.Miss
    March 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    If you venture out of Humboldt County occasionally, you will notice that it does not look unlike other large natural foods upscale markets. $200,000 in a commercial setting is not that large of a remodel. It probably has to with something like is bringing in money and needs upgrading already, to keep up with that need. Say, the kitchen needs more space for attendees of cooking classes because they are always sellouts? A type of food is selling quicker than they can store it- now they need to adjust space for it. Just examples.

  13. Eric Kirk
    March 26, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Who in their right mind finds this building attractive?

    It’s kind of grown on me, but inside it reminds me of a Whole Foods. I much prefer to shop at the Arcata Coop. Plus they have the jalapeno rolls which I’ve never found at the Eureka coop.

  14. 421
    March 26, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Who in their right mind finds this building attractive?

    that’s the left i know and love. “if you have different tastes than me, there is something wrong with you.”

    how very progressive

  15. Anon
    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    that’s the left i know and love. “if you have different tastes than me, there is something wrong with you.”

    This has nothing to do with politics. The design team just had some incredibly poor judgement. My opinion, of course.

  16. Ed
    March 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    “prison in Disneyland” LOL.

  17. Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Some buildings feel at home here in Humboldt County. The Co-op building was designed by ambitious young architects from another planet. I won’t say which one.

  18. Anon
    March 26, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Here’s the architect

    http://www.lcadonline.com/

    I see a theme here…

  19. Mike Buettner
    March 26, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    How about the Harley dealer building by the Eureka Slough?

  20. lumpy
    March 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    For $200,000 they could build a carousel and give Harper Ford a run for their money.

  21. March 26, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    A two carousel town? Could our community support such madness?

  22. March 26, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Dust thou not take heed? Beware that thou speakest not against the Harley-Temple-of-Davidson. For they toil not alone, in recreating the: “California Missions,” they made in the fifth grade. Accept the ochers and the raw, orange sienna for trim. It’s everywhere.

  23. Anonymous
    March 27, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Harleys need a patron saint. Who is the patron saint of people made deaf by loud exhaust systems?

  24. Anonymous
    March 27, 2009 at 2:33 am

    If you only shop at a building that “looks OK’ then you might not be able to shop in Humboldt County. Maybe travel to Santa Rosa to Trader Joe’s.

    I don’t care what the building looks like but what it carries. Are you all from the “me” generation”?

    Looks like somewhere I want to shop – consider what they carry. I don’t shop organic since organic illness almost killed me. Odwalla – always having recalls. Organic veges – having recalls.

    What is “natural”, what is “organic” – maybe you should also look up “free range” and you will choke.

  25. March 27, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Who in their right mind finds this building attractive?

    Seems nice enough to me, especially when compared with some of the buildings nearby.

  26. Voter
    March 27, 2009 at 8:27 am

    the coop should have added some residential apartments up above–then maybe there’d be some people in the neighborhood to shop there. I hear the Eureka store does 3/4 the business of the Arcata store.

  27. s-garmz
    March 27, 2009 at 8:51 am

    The real question is, with prices like that, how can they not afford an obscenely grandiose remodel?

  28. kaivalya
    March 27, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Since the new building it seems like they hardly ever ask for member #s anymore. Makes me feel like they aren’t interested in the community investment at the Eureka store.

  29. March 27, 2009 at 11:45 am

    H – Thanks for letting folks know what we (the Co-op) are looking at. This project is still in the proposal stage but we are planning for a member forum to look at the plans and hear member comments before moving forward. Looks like the forum will be the week of April 20, please check the store or the website sometime next week for date and time.

    FYI, the poster who speculated that this is essentially a re-set to adjust for problems noted in the first two years of operations is pretty much spot-on. The poster who guessed that the Eureka store does 3/4 of Arcata’s volume is close… but it is more like 2/3. That is the basic reason for making some changes; a larger store in a larger market should grow to do more than that. In point of fact, this is only a little more money than we would normally expect to invest back in our facilities in any given year, and the project would be broken up into “bite size chunks” to facilitate cash flow, changed circumstances, etc.; it may well stretch over a couple years to reach completion. Anticipated payback from new sales is expected to be about 12 months. More about that, though, at the member forum.

    I hope to see folks there. Any interested member who cannot attend the forum is welcome to contact me directly at the Co-op.

    David Lippman
    General Manager
    North Coast Co-op
    davidlippman@northcoastco-op.com

  30. March 27, 2009 at 11:49 am

    David — Thanks for the explanation.

    You heard it here, folks. Keep your eye on the co-op website for details on the forum.

  31. Mr. Nice
    March 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Seems nice enough to me, especially when compared with some of the buildings nearby.

    Exactly. What is being said here… does the co-op building not match the decor of the surroundings? Should they break all of the windows to fit in better?

  32. co-op member since 1990
    March 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    The co-op sucks. The food is good sure, but it is so EXPENSIVE for 50$ you barely get enough food for 1 meal! its a compleat ripoff! why can’t someone make an organic food store that isn’t so overpriced that only wanna be yuppies can shop there. Also the atmosphere in there is very close minded and everyone seems to only be interested in other “likeminded” (emo, queer, indi, yuppie, mod squaders) folks like themselves. Try going in there looking like just an average joe and you will get bad looks and snooty comments. Plus the gay people working at the deli are mean to you if you aren’t gay too! Do i even need to mention the building looks retarded, like some HUGE mattress kings warehouse! it doesn’t look eco or natural, it looks like an obnoxious big box mega disney store!

  33. Humboldter
    March 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I love the Eureka Co-op and to be honest, I don’t ever go to the Arcata location because I don’t like the way it’s organized and I don’t really like the attitudes of some of the employees.

    I could care less about what the outside looks like, other than the difficult to maneuver parking lot. I frequent a lot of stores though. I also shop at Costco, Eureka Natural Foods, and occasionally Wildberries.

    Frankly it’s good to know that whatever remodel will happen is fiscally responsible, rather than just something cosmetic.

  34. oldphart
    March 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Anyone who would care what the employees of anywhere thinks of them needs therapy. Rudeness is a different issue, but the thickness of someone’s skin has to be in question when the rantings about various groups or attitudes is just not right.

  35. Anonymous
    March 27, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    The “Co-op member since 1990” is a crybaby. The gay folks who work at the Co-op are tougher than him.

  36. paul z
    March 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    jeez–eat your tofu and shut up!

  37. Hayduke
    March 27, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    The building architecture is pretty awful, and I try not to look up when I go in. But I really hope in the remodel they expand the space for craft beer which is far smaller and more limited than the Arcata store. Spoken as a beer lover of course.

  38. Anonymous
    March 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Memo to Paul z: It takes very little courage to order people around anonymously online and not even say who you are directing your barbs toward. What an excellent example you offer of abject cowardice.

    Signed,
    the Bold, Brave, and Omnipresent Anonymous!

    P.S. I am also Omniscient, and even Omnivorous!

    P.P.S. Humble, too.

  39. Violet
    March 27, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I love the Eureka Co-op. I can spend hours perusing the huge variety of delicious things. It’s my favorite place to shop. I also shop at ENF, Costco and the Arcata store as well as Wildberries, but the Eureka Co-op is by far my favorite.

    I also think it is so much more interesting to look at then most buildings in Eureka (except the old Victorians). You want it to look like the county court house? I guess it would fit in better. I like the colors and different look.

    Why the hostility towards such a great place? It is unfortunate that organic food is more expensive, but that’s the American corporate way. I hope that will be changing in the future. You have many choices of non organic. Safeway, Rays, the Outlet in the upper mall.

  40. co-op member since 1990
    March 27, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    um, im actualy gay and what i meant by the comments i made was that me and my gay buddies at the co-op dont like straight folks that shop there, they are lame like people from fortuna. Also the gay people at to co-op have aids i know, because the big guy who makes the frosting for the cakes gave me it. They also put it in the olive bar! This is why i go to wildberries, atleast the lesbians there can make me a fruity enoguh smoothie!

  41. Ed
    March 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Can you imagine the state of mind of 8:09? This is someone with a long history of abuse who can’t seem to get past their arrested adolescence. Many who exhibit this kind of homophobia are in denial of their own tendencies and feel the need to inflict the same pain they feel on others because of their own guilt. Others are simply victims of repeated abuse and deserve pity.

  42. The Monitor
    March 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Who in there right mind would pay the prices there. I can’t believe the difference. Silk Creamer $2.50 at Winco, $3.45 at the Coop. Why?

    Ed, he is pulling your leg.

  43. Ed
    March 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I hope so.

  44. Violet
    March 28, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I don’t buy things like Silk Creamer. I mostly buy organic fruits, vegetables, organic chicken and grass fed beef and wild caught fish. Does Winco have those things?

  45. Movie Review
    March 28, 2009 at 10:07 am

    No, Violet, they don’t. Winco shoppers are fatties who will eat anything; Coop shoppers are fit and beautiful, especially the women. Coop has better quality food and it shows.

  46. Movie Review
    March 28, 2009 at 10:10 am

    In other words, comparing Coop with Winco is an apples and oranges deal. Those who care about their bodies expect to pay more for better quality food. Those who treat their bodies as garbage pails park the RV at Winco and load up on the ice cream tubs and plastic Vodka gallons.

  47. 421
    March 28, 2009 at 11:37 am

    or they simply can’t afford your ideals

  48. Movie Review
    March 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    421 How many ice cream tubs does it take to make up one of your “ideals?”

  49. The Monitor
    March 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Can’t afford the ideals. If you shop carefully you can eat healthy when shopping at most of the large grocery stores. Just don’t buy the bad stuff.

  50. Andrew Bird
    March 28, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    The Eureka Co-op is my third home (2nd home = office). It’s like my Cheers – everybody knows my name. The mural and architecture don’t bother me. Some of the people have been working at the Eureka store(s) for years and years — since before I moved here in 2003. It’s like a family. Sometimes I’m put off by the high prices, but I usually pay it because I want the Co-op to do well. I shop at Eureka Natural Foods occasionally, but for me it’s not as convenient as the Co-op because of its location on Broadway.

  51. Anony.Miss
    March 29, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I like the way the Co-op looks. When you look at all the grocery stores around here, and the ones that used to be and are now something else, it’s a pretty fun building. It does resemble those in upscale shopping areas though, outside of our area. I am happy for some color on a foggy day. We’re pretty well served here with all the restaurants and the grocery shopping choices, from Wildberries, Eureka Natural Foods, to Murphy’s, Ray’s Safeway, and all of those little markets.

  52. 421
    March 29, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Those who care about their bodies expect to pay more for better quality food. Those who treat their bodies as garbage pails park the RV at Winco and load up on the ice cream tubs and plastic Vodka gallons.

    winco has more than ice cream and vodka.

  53. humboldturtle
    March 29, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Moviedad at 11:18, we do love baby-poop yellow. Love it about the missions. You have a future.

  54. Johneureka
    March 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    If all the politically correct people that shop at the co-op would shop at Winco or even Safeway or Ray’s instead, they could donate the savings to charity.

    The local charities would reap a bonanza!

  55. Ed
    March 29, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    You mean those politically correct people who already give to charities and fund raisers and movements and causes and the needy and the environment and community functions and public hearings and time for boards and commissions and phone banking and organizing and outreach and local businesses? Yeah, they should definately put their money where their mouths re and give more to something beyond their ownselves.

  56. Anonymous
    March 29, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    What the fuck is phone banking?

  57. March 30, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I’m with Annony.miss; the Eureka Co-Op’s whimsical architecture is a welcome relief from the collection of dull grey buildings in its neighborhood. Eureka Bay is one of the jewels of California’s coastline. Why not make it’s waterfront a beautiful and modern place?

    A bit more light inside would be welcome and could help to improve sales.

  58. paving
    March 30, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    It’s about time they realized how poorly they did on the internal design. It’s a bad layout for shopping and was obviously not designed by anyone who understood floor dynamics. Simple things like space to wait for your sandwich from the deli or even an accessible counter from which to get your sandwich are completely overlooked. Nevermind the weird darkness-motif they went for.

    In terms of functionality inside the store there is a great deal that can, and apparently will, be improved. As for the outside it’s fine, so please shut up. There are so many architectural eyesores in Eureka it’s obscene to complain about the Co-Op.

  59. a nono
    April 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    If they were to bring back the fresh lobster tank, I may consider shopping there.

  60. Auntie Arkley
    April 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Hey folks, keep shopping the Co-op and give Rob Arkley more money to spend on causes that are the ANTITHESIS of all Co-op values (at least the values the Co-op used to have). The Co-op has become corporate. Do you believe Lippman when he says they’ll take member’s opinions into account? They sure hid the Arkley connection from the membership and rammed THAT decision through. The Co-op has sold out and aligned themselves with the evil, extremely right-wing Rob Arkley. He must laugh all the way to the bank every time he deposits a rent and profit-sharing (yes!) check from the Co-op. Shop Eureka Natural Foods instead. Hell, shop ANYWHERE instead of the Co-op.

    Violet: the hostility comes from the way the Co-op treated their members when they were trying to make a deal with Arkley. It was kept as quiet as possible. Why are we against Arkley? A little research on your part will reveal that he is against everything the Co-op SHOULD stand for. You would understand if you had lived here for 30+ years. Food is politics.

    The architecture: does it look like it belongs in a “Victorian Seaport”? NO. It doesn’t fit in. It belongs in Santa Rosa (as does many people who shop there).

  61. Violet
    April 2, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Actually, I’m EXTREMELY anti-Arkley. And I’ve lived here for 37 years.

    Tell me about the profit sharing. I don’t know anything about that.

    You have to admit, with the exception of some charming houses, Eureka is a very ugly city, in terms of architecture. I like the Co-op’s color in a very gray town. But each to their own in terms of there taste.

  62. Violet
    April 2, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    their taste

  63. Andrew Bird
    April 3, 2009 at 12:09 am

    When the Co-op board was making decisions on the Eureka store, David Lippman was running the Times-Standard. He didn’t work for the Co-op.

    I’ve been told that the Co-op board did indeed shut out member input while they were making the decision whether to partner with Mr. Arkley. If that’s true, it is a shame. But I don’t think that is a reason to boycott the Co-op. Instead, get yourself elected to the board if you feel the Co-op needs some fresh direction.

    I have some issues with the Co-op because it is too upscale and therefore not accessible to the entire community. Most Humboldt wage earners who have families to feed can’t afford to shop there. Whether this is the Co-op’s fault or it’s the fault of a flawed national food policy would make for a great discussion.

    I shop almost exclusively at the Eureka Co-op because I like the store and I like the products, even if I don’t always like the prices. Mostly I want to support the Co-op and see it do well.

    By the way, I have seen Cherie Arkley shopping at the Eureka Co-op, and I used to see former Security National VP Brian Morrisey there frequently when he was in town.

  64. Eureka!
    April 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I also shop the Eureka Co-op almost exclusively. Not only is it convenient for me, but it I like the products. I agree with others who have commented that it resembles those upscale stores found out of town but so what? The main thing is that it benefits our local economy to support it – both in that it’s locally owned and carries a lot of locally produced products. It is a shame that the prices are so high – but that also seems fairly typical with natural and organic foods. The Farmer’s Market prices are not exactly low either! That said, if I had a large family, I’d buy my produce and specialty items at the Co-op and shop at Winco for staples (some of the exact same products such as Nancy’s Yogurt, dairy products, breads, etc. are far less expensive at Winco).

    As for the Eureka Co-op remodel, I hope they are planning to expand the deli counter to be something more along the lines of Wildberries. Eureka needs a good deli! (ENF misses the mark too.) The old Eureka Co-op even had more to offer. The meat area could also be larger – the set-up is a little odd. Finally, that area designed for flowers is always empty and sparse looking – much more could be done with that space.

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