MILWAUKEE – Outpost Natural
Foods Cooperative increased its sales by 9 percent in 2013,
according to the co-op’s annual report.
Purchases by co-op members make up 70 percent of total
sales, the report said. The 9 percent growth is less than
2012’s 18.6 percent growth, but Outpost’s fiscal year in
2012 had 53 weeks rather than the customary 52.
The report listed 2013 sales at just under $40 million.
Outpost has two stores in Milwaukee, one in Wauwatosa and is
building a fourth store in Mequon, which is scheduled to
open this summer. Additionally, Outpost completed a remodel
and expansion of its store in Bay View.
The report also showed that the number of co-op members is
growing. Co-op members, which Outpost calls owners, grew 4.8
percent to more than 18,000. The co-op will return $100,000
in dividends to members, compared to the $166,000 returned
The board said it decided to retain $500,000 in profits to
help finance the $6 million Mequon project.
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