Owners and shoppers of Ozark Natural Foods,
As many of you know, the Co-op was closed on Monday. The staff decided to put down their vests and stand outside to speak with owners about what they felt were very serious issues. The staff did this with the best intentions – they felt that the ownerships voices were being ignored by the Board of Directors, and they wanted to take a stand that was strong enough to get the attention of the Board, owners, and community at large. That feat was accomplished, but at great risk.
While many owners and shoppers have expressed support and stood behind the decision the staff made, we are aware that we also upset many owners and shoppers. For that, we truly apologize. It was not our intention to upset or inconvenience anyone. The staff honestly felt that we were doing a service to the owners by standing up for them. We apologize to anyone who was upset or angry.
If you were displeased with this situation, we hope that you will give the Co-op another chance and find it in your heart to forgive us. We had the best of intentions. Now, our hope is for us to have the ability to move forward, as staff, management and Board, to work together for the betterment of this Co-op. Please join us in that effort and give us a chance to work together.
Staff of Ozark Natural Foods