Co-op grocery fresh as new

Eric McCarthy
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O’LEARY -- “It’s nice to smell fresh barbecued chickens and fresh loaves of bread this morning.” 

Melvin MacKay was one of the first customers to check out the newly stocked shelves at O’Leary Farmers’ Co-op’s grocery store when it opened Wednesday for the first time since December 24.

O’Leary Farmers Co-op manager Darren MacKinnon made the comment Wednesday as he stood welcoming customers back into the co-op’s grocery store.

The store had been closed for clean-up and restocking ever since a furnace malfunction was discovered on December 27. A temporary system is pumping heat into the new-looking store until a new furnace is installed.

Customers were welcomed into a shiny-clean store, complete with new interior paint job, new ceiling tiles and lighting, and a freshly waxed floor.

“I guarantee you it’s fresh and clean,” MacKinnon said, referring note only to the building itself but also to the groceries.

Members helped staff Monday and Tuesday nights complete the job of restocking the shelves with new product.

There were still a few empty spots on the shelves, but MacKinnon said most of those spots would be filled by Thursday with product arriving throughout the day Wednesday.

The cost of the cleanup and restocking is covered by insurance.

Work at the co-op had gone on around the clock since December 27 to prepare for Wednesday’s re-opening.

A member appreciation event, to recognize the support and understanding the co-operative received since the setback occurred, is in the works.

Organizations: O’Leary Farmers Co-op

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  • Juanita Mcbain
    January 09, 2014 - 06:19

    A Big Thank You to everyone who Helped make our store so Beautiful It was so Nice going in yesterday Morning and seeing all the Smiling faces, Come Shop At the Coop and see for yourself.