So I made an offer on renting the laundromat but its a low one because the co-op is a non-profit. If I dont get it i’ll probably get a room at the motel for a month so I can get work done. We’ll get a laundromat either way it might just be a slabby one. Ill probably do one anyways if people want. Ill just get some rechargeable agitators and stick them in water barrels and put them across from jerry’s at the rabbit hole so they can be refilled.
It is not a laundry co-op though because we are going to do groceries too. 90% of the inventory will be from walmart, honestly. But we wont make any profit other than adding a quarter or something to pay the delivery and stock person and such. If a can of chicken is $1 you wont have to pay $7 lol. We’ll sell cases of bottled water at cost which is less than $3 and put them in a deep freezer so theyll be ice too. We’re getting mayo and jelly packets so the sun or ants dont ruin your sandwiches. Other than that itll be a limited selection like $1 bread from walmart. Every morning ill add up all the orders and order them online site to store so walmart employees get to wander around finding shit. Then when its ready we’ll grab it, bag the orders then deliver into the slabs.
One other thing the food co-op will have is local produce. There are several u-pick farms nearby so we’ll get fresh fruit from those once a week or two. After awhile we are gonna hopefully have enough farm friends to start a farmer’s market.
There is also salvage food, food about to be out of date for $11/box or $320/pallet. Thats whats in the picture. It will be a grab bag we gotta eat quick but each item will be $1 or less.
Oh, something even more important – we will take EBT. The application is actually pretty simple and the requirements are only 36 items altogether. The delivery driver can carry a small POS reader. And farm to low income table is something they are really into so the grants are endless. Same for co-ops. There is $150,000 from several sources for something that gets the farms, businesses, and locals all involved together. And of course Google non-profits will give us $10,000/month in ad credit (what I did as a marketing specialist) so I think it would be hard for a market not to have visitors when $120,000 goes into advertising a year.
So that is what im up to. Ive heard over and over how Slabs has a soup kitchen and 8 food pantries etc. There was one thing I could get to, Ernie’s. I was banned from Handlebar and commodities is a day after Ernies so mostly I lost 20 lbs and am starvimg right now. And im relatively fit and healthy I just couldnt get to a store or afford enough with overpriced Mays. The minite I solve the problem for me ima work on just solving it. Fingers crossed i do it in an office not a hole though. I have at least a month of paperwork and ordering ahead of me. Pretty excited about it though.