History

March 2012

Unseasonably warm weather leads to new best  day in sales March 18th 2012.

The Dill Pickle Food Co-op participates in the Good Food Conference at UIC Forum.  Board-Member Gajus Miknaitis presents at the financing portion of the conference about the success of the DPFC.

 

December 2011

The holiday donation drive to benefit Humboldt Park Social Services is revived. This time the store raises $1500, which is matched by a federal grant.

Vida Sida, a new youth drop-in center in Humboldt Park, is added to the weekly delivery of perishable donations.

November, 2011

The store closes for four days to repair floors worn down from heavy traffic. Despite the closure, sales exceed the previous November by $6,000.

The Dill Pickle enters a partnership with New Moms, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of young mothers. Sharon and Vinnie develop a 12-week internship program around all aspects of grocery and cooperative business.

October 29, 2011

General Manager, Vinnie Hernandez serves on a panel at a symposium at Loyola University on cooperatives.

September 27, 2011

Board president Gajus Miknaitis announces the co-op’s intention to expand at the Annual Meeting.

September 14, 2011

The co-op signs up it’s 1000th membership: to staff members Vinnie Hernandez and Jim Metzke.

August 2011

Care For Real is added to the perishable donation delivery schedule. A print edition of The Brine, the co-op newsletter launches.

June 2011

Two more employees join the team, with a total of ten staff members, eight of whom are full-time.
Fiscal year 2010 - 2011 sales exceed 2009 - 2010 sales by 22%.

May 1, 2011

During a sidewalk plant sale the Co-op has it’s top-grossing day to date.  

March 2011

Two more employees join the team. The staff is now at eight, with five full-timers.

The Dill Pickle is selected to participate in a Community Learning Project for Food Justice, sponsored by Growing Power in Milwaukee and Why Hunger in New York.

February 2, 2011

The Dill Pickle opens for regular hours despite a blizzard that shuts down Lake Shore Drive, Chicago Public Schools and multiple police precincts. 21 inches of snow fell on Chicago-the third largest in the city’s history. The co-op does $3000 in sales.

January 2011

Perishable items begin being delivered on a weekly basis to Lincoln Park Shelter.

December 2010

The Dill Pickle holds a donation drive to purchase food baskets for Logan Square Neighborhood Association and Humboldt Park Social Services. Over $1000 worth of organic, natural and locally produced foods are donated.

November 2010

To meet rising demand, Sunday store hours expand from 10am-6pm to 10am to 9pm. One more staff member joins the team.

October 2010

A volunteer partnership with Humboldt Park Social Services. HOOs that volunteer at HPSS are offered an in-store discount.

September 28, 2010

First Annual Meeting of the co-op since the opening of the storefront takes place at the Stan Mansion. About 150 member-owners attend. Membership has grown to about 800.

August 2010

Two more staff members are hired.

July 2010

Delivery of perishable items to Humboldt Park Social Services and Chicago Hope commences.

January 9, 2010

The store needs to hire more staff. Three staff members—all member-owners who volunteered with setting up the store—are hired.

May 2010

Weekday hours expand from noon-8pm to 9am-9pm.

December 7, 2009

The store shuts down as all produce and perishables were sold in the opening weekend.  Delivery days and volumes are doubled to meet extraordinary demand.

December 5, 2009

The Dill Pickle Food Co-op opens its doors on member funding alone. Opening weekend is greeted by a massive turnout. Curious customers wait up to an hour in a line that wraps around the store, socializing and trying samples handed out by Board members. By the end of the weekend, co-op membership is over 500.

December 1, 2009

The Hands-On Owner volunteer program is officially announced. Response is enthusiastic.

November 2009

Equipment move in and cleanup is done by an army of Dill Pickle Member Owners.  2 tons of shelves are unloaded and moved.

Bethany Arthion and Sharon Hoyer are hired on as co-Assistant General Mangers. 

Buildout is completed as the equipment starts to come in.

September 2009

Vinnie Hernandez is hired as General Manager by the Board. The announcement is made at the Annual Meeting at Logan Square Kitchen. Approximately 70 member-owners attend.

September 2008

The Dill Pickle Board signs a three year lease on a 1300 sq ft location on Fullerton Ave.

2005-2008

Rigorous efforts  are undertaken to recruit members via the Logan Square Farmers Market, flyering and fundraising events.

January 2005

About 40 Logan Square residents meet for the first time to discuss starting the co-op.

December 2004

Kath Duffy sends an exploratory email to friends in the Logan Square neighborhood about starting a food co-op.

 

 

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