So the Flatbush co-op is evidently moving into the much larger space on Cortelyou and Marlborough Road that is being vacated by Associated (R.I.P.-nice people, but of another era in foodstuff retailing). As an unreconstructed fan/9-year member/former squadleader geek at the Park Slope FC who moved to Flatbush and couldn't deal w/the schlepp, this is very good news.
But does anybody have any insight on whether the F'bush Co-Op's basic model will change at all with the move?
On the one hand, I would love to see it adopt a PSFC model where you only shop if you work, as I firmly believe that the personal investment from the shoppers is what makes the PSFC great. The slight mark-down one gets for working at or "joining" the current F'bush co-op is not enough incentive to get most people to work there, so the place resembles an only-slightly-crunchier Back to the Land, with commenserately high prices.
On the other hand, I question whether the nabe has the requisite population density or parking capacity to support a member-owned and operated approach, much as I'd like to see them try it.
Any real insights/thoughts/uninformed speculation out there?
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