Los Alamos Co-op copes with setbacks

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By Gina Velasquez

Since its inception in 2007, the Los Alamos Co-op Market has been part of the community.
However, 2015 has been a tough year, which is the consensus from several board members and some employees.
A slew of administrative changes has plagued the co-op in recent months, including the unexpected death of the newly appointed general manager Scott Brelsford in November. A decline in revenue is evident due to the Smith’s Marketplace moving into town.
“We knew would see a decline, but it didn’t help having all the internal issues,” said Board President Tracy McFarland.
She expressed her feelings about Brelsford’s death.
“He was so young and had such great ideas,” McFarland said.
The decline in the co-op’s business was brought to the attention of the Los Alamos Monitor from concerned citizen Steve Snapp. In his letter to the editor, Snapp wanted to make the community aware of the issues the co-op has had and how the public can help.
“People have other choices,” Snapp said. “Please consider eating at the co-op more often and shifting some of your grocery dollars to the co-op,” Snapp wrote. “In our family we’ve tried to double our visits to the co-op vs. shopping Smith’s, or Santa Fe.”

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