Central Co-op grocer’s CEO and President Dan Arnett is taking another job with a California co-op.
Arnett has taken a job as general manager of the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, according to Jennifer Cliff, the Sacramento co-op’s spokeswoman, and a note from Arnett sent to local co-op members Thursday afternoon.
He replaces longtime general manager Paul Cultrera who retires Oct. 31. In late August, the Sacramento co-op opened a new $10 million store.
Meanwhile members and management of the co-op serving Tacoma and Seattle are still working out details of their new world after merging in December. Among the issues include finding a site for a new store to replace the one in Tacoma that abruptly closed in July.
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Arnett will start transitioning to the Sacramento Co-op in October, Cliff said Wednesday in a phone interview. In the note to Tacoma-Seattle co-op members, Arnett wrote he would remain as “Cooperator in Chief” at Central Co-op through December.
“We will continue our work opening a new storefront in Tacoma,” the note added.
In a phone interview Thursday, Arnett said: “I’m never going to sever all my ties (with Central Co-op.) My membership, I’m going to keep it up. I’ll be a consumer member like everybody else.”