We’re Hiring: Store Manager

About Community Foods Market: Community Foods Market is a purpose-driven company that is opening a food market and café in a neighborhood of West Oakland that has not had a supermarket since the 1970s. Our goals are to have a positive impact on people’s lives, be a neighborhood anchor and build community. We want to use food to bring people together and create social connections that enrich community life. We also want to support our customers in making healthier choices by introducing them to fresher and more nutritious foods and providing them with information, education and incentives. Finally, we want to create a team-oriented workplace culture in which our employees feel a sense of purpose in their work, are empowered to make a difference, are continuously developing themselves, and strive to provide the best possible service and customer experience.

The Position: Working closely with the CEO, Assistant Store Manager and Department Managers, the Store Manager will play a central, full-time leadership role in building our startup business, with a particular focus on day-to-day store operations and delivering excellent customer service.

The Responsibilities: As this is a new business, the Store Manager will have unique and broad-ranging responsibilities. In addition to developing and managing day-to-day store operations and customer service, the Store manager will be responsible for or have significant involvement in the following:
• creating company policies
• planning and measuring financial and budgetary targets
• building human resource and marketing programs
• developing procedures for staff hiring, onboarding and training
• forming the values and culture of the organization
• ensuring store security, cleanliness and safety standards
While the Store Manager will be responsible for the performance of all departments, s/he will be particularly responsible for managing the Grocery Department and supervising the grocery staff.

The Candidate: Someone with multiple years of management experience in food retail or other food business who is personable, creative, hard working and good at inspiring and delegating to others. This individual must be excited to be a leader in building a startup business and able to thrive in a fast paced, sometimes stressful, environment and manage changing priorities and multiple tasks simultaneously. S/he must have good skills in organization, problem solving, time-management, communication and operations planning. This person must be committed to our social mission and appreciate its importance to the business. We seek someone who is culturally competent and able to work well with the ethnic diversity of the community. Familiarity with and knowledge of West Oakland is a strong preference. A passion for good food and sharing that passion with others is also highly desired.

The Compensation: The salary will be a minimum of $70,000, with the possibility of a higher salary offer based on experience and qualifications. We will offer a 15% discount on purchases throughout the store, bottomless free coffee, a medical plan after 90 days of employment, company stock after 6 months of employment, and a 401K retirement plan after one year of employment. Paid vacation will begin to accrue after one year of employment.

Please send current resume, three professional references and a brief cover letter to email@communityfoodsmarket.com.

Community Foods Market is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We value diversity and inclusion. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.

Shareholder Luncheon

Saturday December 1, 2018
12:30pm – 2:00pm.

We have made tremendous progress in this project, including having raised $9MM in funding, about to secure $10MM in new market tax credits financing, approaching 60% completion in the construction of our market, on track to open in February 2019 and cultivated a large network of community relationships and support (including 570 Founding Shareholders!). As we get closer to launching our venture we’d like to gather our Founding Shareholders to share a meal, celebrate and give an update on what Community Foods Market has accomplished, where we’re at in this important moment and where we’re going.

The Shareholder Luncheon will be held at St. Mathew Baptist Church, which is located right next door to our future store and where our parking lot is located.

If you’d like to join us, please complete the following RSVP form. We will respond within 24 hours with a RSVP confirmation email and location address.

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Invest in Equity and Inclusion in Oakland

There was a time, many decades ago, when West Oakland had a thriving food environment that was anchored by numerous full-service grocery stores. Many of the independent stores were owned and operated by local African American business people. Even though African Americans still faced discrimination and segregation, these stores gave them reliable access to quality and culturally appropriate foods, as well respect and dignity.

Beginning in the 1960’s, discriminatory policies and practices by public officials and banks led to significant divestment from West Oakland. Simultaneously, corporate supermarket chains turned their focus to new rising middle-class suburbs that had more spending power and cheap land to build big stores. This led to a collapse of West Oakland’s local food economy and the shuttering of the food stores that had anchored the community. The last full-service supermarket – a Safeway on 27th St. – closed in the 1970’s.

Community Foods Market is on a mission to bring investment back to West Oakland and, through that investment, to rebuild a foundation of equity, inclusion and health for this community. We will anchor the community with easy access to affordable fresh foods, prepared foods and staple groceries at affordable prices. We will create over 50 new jobs and provide training to empower employees to think and act like business owners. And we will support community building and healthier lifestyles through a variety of outreach, education and social programs.

Join us in rebuilding equity and inclusion in West Oakland by becoming a Founding Shareholder and investing in our social enterprise. Together we can mend the harm that has been done to this community and put it on a path toward a thriving future. If you buy shares by Friday, November 23, your investment will be counted toward a $50,000 matching investment that has been offered by the Northern California Community Loan Fund and California FreshWorks. This matching investment will double every dollar invested in our project and turn $50,000 into $100,000.

Public Meetings and Tours

Public Meetings and Tours

Meet our CEO, learn about our project and investment opportunity and see the construction of our food market, cafe and social hall. Public meetings and tours are held on the second Saturday of the month from 3:00 – 4:00pm. We meet at St. Andrews Plaza at San Pablo Ave and 32nd St. in West Oakland, which is just 1/2 a block from our site.
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Panel: Where Finance & Community Development Intersect with Food Justice

Join us for a panel highlighting the stories and creative financing partnerships behind Community Foods Market and Mandela MarketPlace, two community-based markets working to make positive social impacts in West Oakland, a frontline community experiencing significant barriers to accessing public health, economic, and social opportunities.

This panel is hosted by and will focus on California FreshWorks, a loan and grant program that provides financing to create equitable access to affordable, healthy food in low-income and underserved communities in California. We work with a variety of businesses and nonprofits that grow, aggregate, distribute, and sell healthy food in a way that builds a sustainable local food system, increases community ownership, and promotes economic development.

Event Details
Thursday, June 14, 2018
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm (program will begin at 5:30 pm)

The Citizen Engagement Lab
1330 Broadway, 3rd Floor

Panel Moderator
Catherine Howard
California FreshWorks

Brahm Ahmadi
Community Foods Market

Mariela Cedeño
Director, Business Development & Lending
Mandela Marketplace

Steve Saltzman
Director of Food System Finance
Self-Help Federal Credit Union

Nate Schaffran
Manager, Food & Enterprise Lending
Northern California Community Loan Fund


Changing our name to Community Foods

Last week we announced that we started demolition and are holding a Ground Breaking Celebration this coming Saturday, April 21.

This week we’re announcing that we’re changing our name to Community Foods Market. We’re making this change to better match our brand identity with our mission and what we’re all about: building community and providing quality fresh foods to the local neighborhood.

Four reasons why we’re changing our name:
Clarify our offering: Some folks associate the word “People’s” with natural food stores and co-ops that primarily carry organic and natural products. While we have a health mission and will carry healthier choices, we will not be a traditional health food store.

Make it about food: The previous name didn’t include a word like “foods”, fresh” or grocery”. So it wasn’t obvious to some people that we’re going to be a grocery store. Community Foods Market clearly says what we will primarily be – a food store.

Highlight a focus on community: Building community and using food to connect people together has become increasingly central to what this project is all about. So we’re making community a more central part of our brand to highlight this focus.

Create broad appeal: Our goal is to be a neighborhood store that serves everyone across all economic, social and cultural backgrounds. Community Foods strives to be a more “mainstream” brand that appeals to a broader and more diverse audience.

We’re excited about the ways this new brand will help clarify and communicate our mission and focus. At the same time, what we call ourselves won’t be as important as what we do. So, while a lot of thought has gone into renaming our venture and while we’re excited about the Community Foods brand, what we’re truly excited about is all of the ways that we’re going to work hard every day to serve and nourish the West Oakland community.

West Oakland’s Long-Awaited Community Market to Open This Fall

After years of planning and fundraising, West Oakland’s People’s Community Market has finally broken ground on its 14,000-square- foot space at 3103 Myrtle St. Now, however, it’s known as Community Foods Market, a name that founder Brahm Ahmadi says better aligns the grocery with its mission.

Demolition Begins on April 13

The demolition of the building where our new store will be built starts tomorrow, marking the beginning of the construction of our full-service food market, cafe, and social hall in West Oakland. This puts us on track to open our doors in October 2018. It also represents an important step in transforming a derelict and blighted site into a positive community anchor.