It is indeed interesting looking back at Co-op Atlantic as a whole or even local co-ops and finding the problems in leadership or decision making. When many years ago our local co-op began to struggle and built a new store across a major highway, I don’t recall looking at product line, quality of produce or meats as being significant but they were. Sobeys not Suoerstore was really the only competition. My father’s reaction when direct buying or bulk purchasing did not materialize drove my parents more consistently to Sobeys. What they saw was no dividend and higher prices and more local debt by the co-op..
As in Les’ case the process was long and tough and derived with the future in mind while ensuring that location was maintained and ease of access not interrupted. Currently my involvement is in the financial sector and there are some good consultative decisions being made but yet we sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture and become a bit self serving or do not want to give up a little control. There are many strategic interdependencies at play nationally which always come into play and do we respect that?
There is a much bigger picture out there.