POLLOCK'S HARDWARE CO-OP GRAND RE-OPENING A GREAT SUCCESS:
Last Saturday Molly managed to drop by the new Pollock's Hardware Co-op official reopening. Although it has been open for a brief period before it was time for a party to celebrate the "official" opening of the new store. About 200 people gathered on the sidewalk in front of Pollock's for the street party before everyone was driven inside by a thunderstorm. Dozens and dozens of people continued to drop by through the day to look around and offer their best wishes.
Molly took a few pictures (see below), though the quality of some leaves much to be desired. Trust me, the ones I discarded were even worse. Just a little heads up here. The picture that shows the website of the store advertised as http://www.phco-op.ca/ is wrong. The actual website, if you want to learn more about the new co-op is http://www.pollockshardwareco-op.ca/ . You can find details there about membership and "investment shares", as well as the history of how the co-op came to be. The site is still under construction, and more info will be added with updates.
The co-op fills many functions: an alternative for those fed up with the big box stores, keeping business and revenue in the community, providing employment for local people, building community by providing a place to meet and greet one's neighbours, stopping the decay of Winnipeg's North End, returning revenue to the consumers/members of the co-op and saving them money,empowering ordinary people and giving them a sense that can actually do something rather than being passive spectators, keeping a convenient local institution up and running for those who don't want to or can't drive across town and much more. The co-op model, in both its consumer and producer facets provides a living alternative to both corporate "capitalism" and to the false socialism of state enterprise. May there be two, three, many such initiatives as Pollock's in the years to come.