Hampden Park Co-op hires new manager

Chuck Parsons

Hampden Park Cooperative’s (HPC) board of directors has hired Chuck Parsons as the new general manager. Parsons comes to HPC with more than 30 years of leadership and management experience as a chef, director of operations and a general manager.

This hire comes after a four-month search that included multiple rounds of interviews with candidates from across the country. “We structured our approach around best practices to attract a diverse pool of candidates from a wide range of backgrounds,” noted Kate Gray,

HPC board president. Parsons has worked in the contract food service sector at Boeing Aerospace in Seattle, the LA Times, IBM at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, as well as university dining services around the country. Additionally, Parsons has managed accounts to improve profitability, customer service and safety. He will be bringing that same focus to HPC paired with new concept development and employee and community engagement.

Parsons began work on May 7, and said he “looks forward to leading a community who deeply cares about food and about each other,” he said.

Hampden Park Co-op is a neighborhood grocery store and community hub with more than 40 years of history in the South St. Anthony Park neighborhood. The cooperative’s mission is threefold: build mutually beneficial relationships and shared equity between its stakeholders, consisting of employees, owners and community members; provide convenient, accessible, and desirable healthy foods and products at fair prices; connect people to cooperative values and practices for a sustainable future.

You can learn more about the Hampden Park Cooperative at www.hampdenparkcoop.com.

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