Giving Thanks for Co-op Employees this Labor Day

To Our Community,

I have a brief and very grateful message for you today. I am happy to report that all of those who were in close contact with the individual who recently tested positive for COVID-19 have been tested, and all tests have come back negative. I could not ask for better news.

This afternoon I sent an email to all of our teams from across the Co-op to thank them for coming together last week to overcome the additional stress and strain that impacted the work of so many of our colleagues. Everyone—and I mean everyone, from all across the Co-op—stepped up and played a role in doing what needed to be done to support the Hanover store. It was a great example of teamwork and cooperative spirit in action.

The entire leadership team is as proud of each and every one of our employees as I am for how they handled the situation with grace, dignity, and professionalism.

And now here we are, on a cool, early September day, with Labor Day right around the corner. We are so accustomed to seeing Labor Day as the final summer holiday that we tend to forget what this day is really about. Labor Day is set aside to honor the American worker. This year that idea is especially important, since the American worker, and particularly the front-line worker, has worked so hard and sacrificed so much over the past 18 months to keep our essential businesses going during the pandemic.

I hope you will join me in giving thanks for all of our employees this Labor Day. Today I encouraged them all to take time away, relax, and enjoy the holiday. They have earned it.

Thank you to all of our members and shoppers for the continued support. We will talk again next Thursday. In the meantime, be kind to one another and to yourselves, and we look forward to serving you in our stores and at the curbside.

Onward and upward,


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Paul Guidone

Paul Guidone, CFA, spent the better part of four decades in the investment management business here and abroad. He held positions ranging from analyst through Deputy Chairman and Group CEO, at organizations such as Citigroup (US) and The HSBC Group (London and Hong Kong). He joined the Co-op in 2016 as the CFO and in 2018 became Strategic Advisor to the General Manager. Paul was appointed by the Co-op Board as interim General Manager in March 2020 and General Manager in September 2020. To contact, email

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