Wedge Co-op fires general manager Lindy Bannister
The Wedge Co-op has fired Lindy Bannister, its general manager of the past seven years, according to current and former Wedge employees.
Bannister herself confirmed to City Pages that she has been replaced as general manager of the Wedge and is "no longer there," but said she needed to get "legal advice" before she could comment further.
"I've never been in this position before, so I think I'll decline at this moment," Bannister said.
Bannister's tenure at the iconic grocery store has been controversial: Some Wedge employees have expressed dissatisfaction with the general manager to City Pages in the weeks since we first reported on Wedge warehouse workers' unionization efforts. Bannister's critics claim she created a corporate culture at the co-op.
But under her leadership, the Wedge has added thousands of members and boosted its revenue, even as the nation's economy remains stagnant.
The Wedge reported "record sales again" from January through March of this year, "up 11.4% over last year."
Compared with the first nine months of the fiscal year, financial manager Elka Malkis noted this month, sales are up 9.9%.
Wedge board president Sarah Wovcha declined to discuss "the nature of the separation" with Bannister.
"What I can tell you is that Lindy Bannister is no longer an employee of the Wedge," Wovcha said. "I can't say any more about that relationship."
The Wedge Board of Directors appointed Wovcha interim general manager until a new boss is hired, though she expects her role at the store to be minimal.
"Because of the incredible knowledge and skillset of our managers, many of whom have more than three decades of experience, we know that things will run really smoothly with them," Wovcha said.
An ad hoc committee will meet for the first time today to begin planning the job search, which the Wedge expects to complete in "three to six months," according to Wovcha.
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