From the GM: We’re so excited to announce that after several weeks of delay, our loan signing with Chicago Community Loan Fund is scheduled! We close the loan at Chicago Title this Friday, April 14th at 10am. Signing this loan is the trigger to our final phase of construction, which gets underway next week. To kick things off, we’re holding a short groundbreaking event this coming Monday morning at 9am at the new site. We hope you can stop by to celebrate with us!
The final construction phase is estimated to take about four to five months, placing our opening in late August. This means we’re about to kick into high gear, building new systems for bigger departments, developing new training plans, and planning out an entire deli! And then there’s the next rounds of owner loan raising that meet our part of the financing agreement and take us to opening. And so I’m very pleased to announce the Dill Pickle welcomes Seth Murley, its first Store Manager, to the crew next week. Seth will be responsible for supporting operations of the current store and building strong systems for the new one, freeing me up to focus on the construction project, board reporting, ownership engagement and communication, fundraising, board support and planning. Seth brings fifteen years experience in managing food co-ops and we’re excited to work with him on continuing to improve and find ways for the Dill Pickle serve you better.