Monday is the last day to lead the new direction at 16th Ave’s popular cooperative grocery market as Central Co-op drops the “Madison Market” brand and moves forward into its now debt-free future. Details on the Co-op’s search for a new general manager are below. But don’t delay. Today is the last day to apply for the gig.
The longtime Hill cooperative is searching for a new leader after Reese Williams stepped down earlier this year following seven years in the role.
“In September, we retire the last of our debt service from the 1999 relocation of Central Co-op to the Madison Market site we proudly operate as Central Co-op again,” Williams wrote this summer in the cooperative’s monthly newsletter. “Now seems the most appropriate time to close the loop on my service as general manager and return my focus to my intended life path.”
This fall, the market says it paid off the last of the $3 million it borrowed to create its new home at 16th and Madison that opened in 1999. Previously, the market lived at 12th and Denny on land the Co-op owned. It sold that property to help create the new store as well as taking on the significant chunk of debt to finance the project. You can read a full history of the market here.
With the retired debt and the GM search underway, the store is getting back to its roots:
While the name “Madison Market” identified the new location and characterized the larger, upscale store that opened there, we are proud to now return to the name “Central Co-op”, identifying the cooperative grocer that we are. As we reflect on the past to prepare for the future, we will honor several of the individuals who have held key roles in the co-op during this past decade, including outgoing general manager Reese Williams.
So, prospective general managers, there’s your mission. More details on the role, below.