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Struggling grocery co-op Kokua Market devises rescue plan

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(Video by Craig T. Kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.com)
Kokua Market was ready to close in December, but new board leadership has created a revitalization plan that includes redoing much of the store offerings as well as obtaining loans and contributions from members.
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Laurie Carlson, founding member of Kokua Market in 1971 and general manager from 1979 to 1984, has joined the cooperative’s board to lead a revitalization plan after the former board wanted to shut down the store amid financial difficulty.

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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Kokua Market was established in 1971, and founders had to change state law to allow a consumer co-op business to exist in Hawaii.