Your Opinion Matters: Take our new Product Preferences Survey!

We'd like to welcome Stephanie Kane, local purchasing coordinator at Weavers Way Co-op, here to introduce our brand-new Product Preferences Survey! We want to learn about what you hope to see when you walk down the aisles of your future grocery store. The survey should take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. If you have not yet become a member, we're also interested in the opinions of our larger South Philly community, so please feel free to let us know your thoughts. Click here to take the survey!
As a transplant to Philadelphia in 2010, I've always lived in South Philly, or at least below South Street. Like you, I've been anxiously awaiting the opening of the South Philly Food Co-op. Having spent the past five years working at Weavers Way, I don't know what I would do without my co-op! 

At Weavers Way, I focus on finding local producers for our four stores, including farmers, bakers and makers of your new favorite soap, pasta or hummus. When I began working with South Philly on this survey, I asked myself, as a member, “What sort of products should we carry?" I've seen co-ops with 1,000 members that were 100% organic, as well as co-ops that were as conventional as a big-box store, serving 30,000 members. 

This survey will help build a clear product philosophy that will guide the General Manager. Should there be a cut-to-order meat department? A serve-yourself bulk area, or should bulk items be prepackaged? Will shoppers strongly prefer Certified Organic, or is local a higher priority? These details actually affect the layout of the store, so it's information we need to know! 

This survey is open to EVERYONE, not just members. We will sort out member requests to give them priority, but we want to see what all our potential shoppers are looking for. So curl up with some tea, and prepare to spend about 20 minutes completing the survey. 

As a South Philly Food Co-op member and a Weavers Way employee, I'm excited to see the continued focus on the cooperative model in Philadelphia. It's because of your time, effort and interest that South Philadelphia will soon have its own member-owned market!