Prototype Opens on Monday
Good afternoon Stockbox supporters!
We wanted to check in with you to give you an update on our fundraising and on our busy, busy, busy week. To start: we have 4 days to go and are striving to close in on $20,000 on our kickstarter campaign, which means that we have around $2800 to go! Keep up the good work on spreading the word.
We are also excited to share that our temporary store is coming together! The very first Stockbox landed into its 3 parking spaces at the West Haven Apartments on Tuesday; inventory and refrigeration soon followed; the electricians arrived to set up our temporary pole; and then the access ramp moved in. And that was just Day 1.
By Friday, we had stocked most of our inventory, secured our final land-use permit inspection, hooked up the electricity, arranged our facade signage, and coordinated some interior details such as curtains, community boards, and a register area. We have our final health department inspection on Monday and plan on opening for business at 2pm!
If all goes according to plan, we will have opened our first store in less than a week's time.
The most exciting part of the work thus far has not been the store (although that has been pretty exciting, but the people. Every day groups of neighbors stop in to check out what we're doing and see what's on the shelves. Their response has been absolutely inspiring: we've heard stories of how hard it is to get groceries in the neighborhood; requests on what they'd like to see in the store; and exclamations when they discover that we have just what they're looking for. On top of that, we have heard time and time again that we've clearly done our homework on the inventory (way to go Jacqueline!) and that the store is actually bigger than they realized (who knew that 160 square feet could feel big?).
The West Haven Apartments are on 24th and SW Holden in Delridge. Stockbox will be open from 2-8 on weekdays and 8-8 on weekends - stop by and visit us any day!
The Stockbox Grocers Team: Carrie, Jacqueline, Eliza, and Michael