New Management Brings Big Changes to Elkins Park’s Co-Op
One of my favorite places to visit is none other than the Creekside Co-op on High School Rd at 7909 High School Rd, Elkins Park. It describes itself as a community food cooperative that sells dry goods, produce, deli fare, a hot bar, dairy & more.
In December, the co-op’s board of directors tapped Kathryn Worley of Mt. Airy’s very successful Weaver’s Way Co-op to take over as interim manager after a management shakeup.
I sat down to talk with Worley about her passion for co-ops and her plans for Creekside, which she says has enormous untapped potential. But then again, everyone who loves Creekside already knew that.
Worley says among her first steps was to implement new store cleaning protocols and customer service training. In addition, she is reviewing EVERY product Creekside sells and making necessary changes to maximize the limited space.
Down the road, Worley plans to launch a member work program modeled off a system used at Weaver’s Way. She says having members work (in exchange for discounts on purchases) strengthens the sense of community and adds a vibrancy to the cooperative that can’t be found in any chain grocery store.
Creekside is open to members and non-members. If you want to do lunch there sometime, let me know and I’ll join you. My favorite sandwich –turkey on rye with a dill pickle on the side.
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