Co+op Interim General Manager Toby Haag
The Los Alamos Co+op Market Board appointed its Grocery Manager Toby Haag interim general manager Wednesday.
Haag will be working closely with the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) to run the Co+op. Los Alamos Co+op Market’s former General Manager Scott Brelsford died unexpectedly last week. He had arranged for NCG to offer its industry expertise to return the Co+op to a position of financial health.
“Toby brings a wealth of grocery and management experience to his new role and the Board looks forward to working closely with him,” Co+op Board President Tracy McFarland said.
Haag was working as a store manager at Sprouts Farmer’s Market in Santa Fe when he learned in June of this year that the Los Alamos Cooperative Market was seeking a new grocery manager.
“I could not resist applying and getting back to a town I have lived in for over 30 years,” he says of the Atomic City, which also is home to his three kids and girlfriend Brittany.
Haag’s previous position was the third store manager at Sprouts Farmer’s Market at DeVargas Mall. He was in charge of the grocery, vitamins, bulk, beer and wine, dairy and frozen departments. Prior to that job, Haag was assistant store director and acting store director for Smith’s before it was moved across the street to the new Smith’s Marketplace.
Haag has more than 11 years of supervisory and management experience with seven of those years in retail environments.
“We are still shocked and heartbroken over this loss for our community, our Co+op, and especially for Scott’s family,” McFarland said. “We are grateful to the numerous people who have reached out to the Board and staff members. Thank you for expressing your condolences and for your offers of assistance. The best way to help your Co+op at this time is to continue to shop at the Co+op.”
Los Alamos Co+op Market exists so that:
- Its communities have conveniently located, welcoming, accessible places to buy a variety of foods and products including local, healthy and natural foods;
- The community has a thriving marketplace where people want to shop, work and be;
- The member/owners goal of increased environmental sustainability is achieved;
- It provides quality employment opportunities in an enjoyable, stimulating and cooperative environment; and
- Local producers have an expanding opportunity to sell their products.