More than a place to shop
"We're like family," Mary Bay, wife of Co-op board president Duane Bay, Sr., says of the Co-op employees and members. Some Co-op employees have never worked anywhere else.
The Co-op stores used to provide on-site child care while parents shopped, and the store would special order items for members with special dietary needs.
Selling the last of the Co-op's may be inevitable because of economics, but that won't make closing the doors for the last time April 7 any easier.