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Portage and Carman Co-ops eye partnership

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

The finishing touches have been put on an amalgamation proposal that could see Portage Co-op and Homestead Co-op, located in Carman, join forces.

Each respective board of directors are bringing the proposal to their members with hopes of forming a stronger co-operative while remaining committed to serving the community. Each organization shares a vision to offer value, enhance growth and maintain relevance for current and future members and by partnering, become more resilient to increasing competition.

“By coming together, we’ll be able to offer members a wider range of products and services,” says Kevin Dales, Portage Co-op general manager. “Co-ops were built on the concept of working together to help serve their communities better. That founding principle remains at the heart of this partnership.”

Both co-operatives have an extensive history serving the members in their respective communities, and if the proposal is approved, the biggest benefit to all members is the ability to use one Co-op number in seven communities and at 16 different locations.

Members of the united entity, with a proposed name of Homestead Co-op, will be able to use their Co-op number at four food stores, one pharmacy, three home centres, five gas bars, five cardlock’s and an ag site.

Portage Co-op invites all members to an information session and membership vote April 3 at the William Glesby Centre in Portage la Prairie. Registration opens at 6 p.m., with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

If approved, a transition process will be established to integrate the two operations effective Feb. 2019.

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