May 24, 2016
On May 20, more than 30 people attended a public information meeting about forming a co-op to buy the Neihart Inconvenience Store from current owners, Royal and Nancy Westerveldt. They like the idea since they no longer have the time necessary to run the business. According to project organizer, Susan Jordan, “People found the meeting very informative.”
The Westerveldts first opened the store in 2008, stocking it with essential items for all who reside and pass through Neihart. The store has also become a popular place for people to grab a beverage, chat and meet for community events. During the summer months, the store has hosted several Saturday evening community pot lucks. These events have united the very diverse community of full and part-time residents.
A MCDC representative briefed attendees about the process of forming a co-op store and how member-owners play an important role in the governing, organization and operation of the business. Several people volunteered for the steering committee that will further explore the concept. “We are going to press forward and continue researching the feasibility of the project. We will be working on a community survey to determine wants and needs,” said Jordan.