Coop History

THE EVER EVOLVING NISKAYUNA CO-OP.pdf

 

1937 Schenectady Co-op founded on State St. Later moved to McClellan St. and
Eastern Ave.

1943 Niskayuna Co-op incorporated in March 1943. Founded during WW II
because of gas rationing. Founded at 2211 Nott St., site of current liquor store.

1947 Niskayuna Co-op moved to current location on Nott St.

1953 Expansion on side of store.

1956 Expansion on rear of store and second story stockroom.

1959-62 Don Bisgrove employed at Co-op as after school job during high school.

Early 1960’s Boom time. One of top producing Co-operatives in the USA.

1962 Expansion on side of store. German deli/restaurant in store.

1964 Retirement of Stan Lee, long time general manager.

Late 1960’s Mismanagement, not competitive, much debt continuing through early 1970’s.

1968 Major renovation. Moved location of deli/meat added to the northwest side of building.

1973 Betty Mathis, long time Board secretary, and new Board saved store. Old Board wanted to sell out for $250,000. Betty established new Board including Bill Williams and Al Fink and others determined to save the store.

1975 Don Bisgrove returned as general manager.

1975 Restaurant discontinued; replaced by snack bar.

1975 1st Open House held in November 1975 has continued for a 36 year tradition.

1982 Mt. Pleasant Co-op established with help from Niskayuna Co-op Board and a contract to provide general management. Advertising with Mt. Pleasant Co-op and two Gabriel’s markets helped build sales for all four stores.

1984 New entranceway expanded the front end of the store for an additional cash register and solved a flooding problem.

1986 Mt. Pleasant Co-op closed two years after taking over own management of store, caused by slow sales and high debt load.

2001 Grand Union closed causing immediate sales increase of 40%.

2003 Major remodeling. Spent over $1,250,000 replacing everything in the building. Added totally new façade, floors, ceiling, lighting, wall décor, fixtures, and equipment.

From 2003 Steady growth with focus on high quality foods and meat/deli.

2011 Installed a totally new roof, insulated the building, added a new Furnace and two new vent fans. A $200,000 plus project

2012 Remodeling and upgrading of interior, floors, décor and signage with an investment of almost $400,000.

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