Elm Creek Coop - History
"To provide the residents of Elm Creek and surrounding areas with goods and services for their consumption and use on a co-operative basis" (extracted from the Elm Creek Co-op's Board minutes)
This was the original purpose of the Co-op. Those services have been provided by Elm Creek Co-op since 1928, and are still provided today. The very day the Co-op was granted it's charter, the price of gasoline dropped by 6 cents per gallon in the Elm Creek District. This was to set an example for years to come, showing that Co-ops are a benefit to the community.
The Elm Creek Co-op has undergone many changes since 1928, both financially and physically. Members, Board Members, Management, and Staff have all benefited from this business over the years. Co-op has provided employment for families in the area & many have served on the Elm Creek Board, and learned the Co-operative way.
Although a great many people have been involved in our Co-op since 1928, one name remembered by most is Archie Janzen - manager of the Co-op for many years. He also served on Provincial Credit Union Boards, as well as Co-op Federation Boards.
The Co-op has faced many challenges through the years, none more difficult than the economic downturn during the 1980s. It survived!!!!!!!! Today there are still challenges to face, but we have a stronger Co-op because of it's loyal membership.
Taken from: "Elm Creek Centennial History Book,
1892 to 1992 - A Century of Memories"
What you see today is after many years of extensive planning with FCL and Elm Creek Co-ops Board and Management. The Grand Opening took place during Co-op Week in October of 1999, with over 300 people attending the celebration.