St. Paul, Minnesota
Articles from CDS Consulting publications
Articles in Cooperative Grocer
Other works by PJ Hoffman
After fifteen years of retail experience in supermarkets and co-ops, PJ started Blooming Prairie Warehouse’s Retail Services program in 1988 and began designing stores. He also created a wholesale-based equipment purchasing program to better serve retails involved in remodels and expansions. He went on to head the Store Development Services department at United Natural Foods (and during those years also partnered with CDS Consulting Co-op), and was most recently a business development director of the National Cooperative Grocers Development Co-op.
PJ has a deep understanding of the retail experience from nearly every perspective: as a manager, line staff, buyer, vendor and customer. “My design focus is on highly functional stores that meet the practical needs of all its constituents,” he said. From his long experience with retail functions, store layout, and store equipment, he knows how to optimize space and capital to provide customers with a superior shopping experience while creating labor and mechanical efficiencies. Using these skills to promote the growth and development of co-ops keeps him continually motivated. “All throughout my career what drives me is the power of locally owned economic institutions. I believe our economic system is better off with more co-ops in all sectors.”
PJ’s services include:
Steps to Effective Store Design
Amy Fields, former General Manager, Community Mercantile and Eastside Food Co-op
Pat Burns, former General Manager, City Market/Onion River Co-op, Burlington, Vermont
Gail Graham, General Manager, Mississippi Market, St. Paul, Minn.
Bruce Palma, General Manager, Co-opportunity Natural Foods, Santa Monica, CA