ECKVILLE CO-OP - Staff at the Eckville Co-op will have more opportunities for growth after the Eckville Co-op merges with the Central Alberta Co-op.

Eckville Co-op proposes merger with Central Alberta Co-op

The Eckville Co-op may be joining a larger family that will lead to expanded services for residents.

The Eckville Co-op may be joining a larger family that will lead to expanded services for residents.

The Eckville Co-op is proposing an amalgamation with the Central Alberta Co-op, which will allow Co-op members, amongst other perks, to be able to use one Co-op number in 39 different locations across Central Alberta.

The proposed merger will be put to a member vote of both the Central Alberta Co-op and the Eckville Co-op on November 16. The merger is almost a year in the making according to General Manager of Eckville Co-op Curtis Lehouillier.

“The merger started about nine months ago,” he said. “It all began with a partnership/shared services agreement in bulk petroleum, accounting and management. At the time, Eckville needed someone to help us with our petroleum delivery because our volume didn’t warrant needing a full-time employee to deliver fuel and we weren’t large enough for an accounting firm.”

The member meeting which will include refreshments, the meeting and vote will take place November 16 at the Community Centre at 6:30 p.m.

“After a while it became apparent that retail was so similar that it made sense to consider how to work together. Once a feasibility study was done, a partnership like this made perfect sense,” he added.

Lahouillier believes that this will add value to Eckville Co-op members and the ability to use one Co-op number across the region is something members have been asking for. The store will continue to be in Eckville as it has since 1912 making it Alberta’s oldest Co-op.

“Eckville Co-op has been around since 1912 and over time things change,” Lahouillier said. “The board is committed to remaining in Eckville for another 100 years. I don’t think people will notice a difference except that some services will be expanded.”

The proposed change also will provide easier avenues of growth for employees looking to move up in the Co-op system. Lahouillier stressed that the partnership with Central Alberta Co-op was made in part because of opportunities present and not financial need.

“Eckville has a strong balance sheet and this partnership is not out of financial need it is out of opportunity,” he said. “There is always opportunity in the Co-op system to advance but being in the same company makes it far easier. The staff have said nothing but positive things.”

Eckville Co-op will continue to uphold their current high level of practise and standards said Lahouiller. If the proposed vote is passed, the amalgamation will complete on January 29, 2017.

“Co-op has always had high standards and expectations and that will not change,” he said. “I see nothing but good things for our member and the comments from our members have been very positive.”

reporter@eckvilleecho.com

Dear members of the Eckville Co-op,

The editorial staff of the Eckville Echo would like to shed light on a recent article ran in the Nov. 3 edition of our paper regarding a potential merger between the Eckville Co-op and the Central Alberta Co-op.

Our story states that this merger has already happened, when in fact this is not factual. A Member Meeting will be held on November 16 at 7 p.m. in Eckville at the Community Centre, in which the Co-op membership will vote on the amalgamation. A separate meeting on November 17 will be held in Red Deer at the Baymont Inn & Suites at 7 p.m.

If the amalgamation is approved, it would not take place until January 29, 2017.

We apologize for the misinformation in last week’s article and wish to apologize for the error. The article was misleading to members and staff of the Eckville Co-op and contained information that was incomplete. Again, we apologize for the error and any inconveniences that came as a result of the recent article in the Eckville Echo.

Sincerely,

Jenna Swan,

Editor Eckville Echo

editor@eckvilleecho.com

403 887 2331

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Shoppers Free BBQ

On Thursday Shoppers Drug Mart celebrated its 10 year anniversary in Sylvan Lake.

New one-day event in Sylvan to include inflatable pub

Sylvan Lake Town Council approved the application for Bounce at the Beach

The role Of AACS in Sylvan Lake and Central Alberta

The Urgent Care Committee is reminding the public what the purpose of AACS

Sylvan Lake is moving toward a greener town

The Town of Sylvan Lake is moving forward with a contract with Fogdog Energy

Charity yard sale for Willow Springs looking for participants

Willow Springs residents can sign up for the food bank fundraiser until July 26

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

World’s translators push back on forcing Trump interpreter to testify

Democrats had asked translator to testify about Trump’s lengthy conversation with Putin in Helsinki

Canadian government threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

U.S president had suggested that auto imports pose a national security risk to the U.S.

WATCH: Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta hosts Barnyard Breakfast

FortisAlberta makes $10,000 donation to House operations

UPDATED: Airdrie man charged after Taser-like weapons seized

Canadian Border and Airdrie RCMP charged a man after an attempt to bring the weapons into Canada

Innisfail RCMP charge woman in connection with seizure of eight dogs

Karin Adams, 46, of no fixed address faces dozen charges

Ontario, Saskatchewan premiers join together to oppose federal carbon plan

Saskatchewan is already involved in a court case over the tax

Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate theft of almost $140,000 value in Millet

Wetaskiwin RCMP respond to past break and enter at a rural Wetaskiwin property

After cave rescue, soccer boys pray for protection at Thai temple

On Wednesday evening, the boys and coach were released from hospital

Most Read