Otter Co-op is proud to announce the beginning of celebrating our 100th anniversary, you will already notice changes on our social and web pages. We only get to turn 100 once, so we're doing it right!
When we started the anniversary planning process, we wanted to tell our story, as we're very proud of our history. Every week we will be sharing historical photos on our social pages with #flashbackfriday.
In April we launch our “Member-abilia” contest asking for submission of photos and stories for a digital photo album, and through the spring, summer and fall you will get the opportunity to participate in special 100th anniversary contests and special savings at our retail locations.
We've partnered with Wagner Hills in Langley, BC, to design hand crafted 100th anniversary charcuterie boards. They are available in the Deli section at our three Food Stores. These boards make for great gifts or even just for yourself. They come in four sizes and range from $25 - $55 with 100% of the proceeds from these boards goes directly back to Wagner Hills to continue to support their mission in helping those in recovery.
We've launched an in-store contest to win some amazing prizes for the month of July. Congratulations to Dereck S for winning Free Groceries for a Year ($4,800) and Mark M for winning a $5,000 Travel Voucher!
As permitted, we will be hosting a variety of fun and interactive community events leading up to a big birthday celebration in October. Our birthday party was on Wednesday, October 19 and we had food trucks, a live band, cake and coffee, a petting zoo, kids games, opened a time capsule from the 80's and had some special guests drop by to congratulate us. Thank you to all who were able to join us!
We also wanted to give our team a way to make the future a little brighter for people in need – especially now when the need is so great. With that in mind we have committed $100,000 intended to make a positive difference to 100 local charities this year in the areas where Otter Co-op team members live, work and play.
Since being founded Otter Co-op has come through all kinds of challenges. Through it all, it has been the people of Otter Co-op – our members, team, guests, and partners – who've made the difference. By working together and supporting one another, we managed through the tough times and celebrate the good ones, now and for the next 100 years.
Otter Co-op is a diverse and growing organization with locations throughout the lower mainland and Okanagan. We currently operate three food and pharmacy stores, clothing and hardware, twenty-six Angry Otter liquor stores, two feed mills, two bulk petroleum facilities, a feed and hardware store in Pitt Meadows, Angry Otter Tap & Forno, Angry Otter Brewery in North Vancouver, the Highwayman Pub in Abbotsford, eleven gas station/convenience stores and growing. Our guests can take pride that we are a 100% Canadian company owned by our members, and have continued to grow with sales of over $375 million and community sponsorships and donations of over $384,000 in 2021.
We are locally minded, and community invested based on our core company values of Integrity, Community and Excellence.