comscore Struggling grocery co-op Kokua Market devises rescue plan
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Struggling grocery co-op Kokua Market devises rescue plan

  • (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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Oahu’s only natural foods cooperative, Kokua Market, had a near-death experience last month. Read more

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