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TESTIMONIALS

"The sales forecasting tools that Debbie has developed for us has not only given us the means to accurately predict sales for new store locations and store expansions, but has also helped us to develop a comprehensive real estate strategy for our brands. I have found Debbie's work to be very insightful and valuable to our company's store expansion program."
- Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Arthur Tropp, Senior Vice President of Real Estate

"Debbie is one of the most capable site location analysts I have known in my 40-year career. Her experience with specialty store location research, site analysis and sales forecasting is both broad and deep. If I were a retailer looking to expand my business, Debbie is an analyst in whom I would have a high level of confidence."
- Pete Davis, Independent Consultant

"CDS is very fortunate to have found someone with Debbie's experience and skills. Expansion projects are becoming more and more complex, and co-ops need disciplined research to use for making decisions. The future is never certain, and so the more data is used as a basis for analysis, the more likely the results will be predicable and risk minimized."
- Marilyn Scholl, Manager, CDS Consulting Co-op

"Debbie's site visit was a watershed moment for our steering committee. She listened in depth to what we hoped to accomplish and provided not only a candid evaluation of our proposal but also options we had not considered. Her objective assessment enabled us to commit to decisions we had been deliberating for months. Ultimately, the market study she submitted to us became the centerpiece of our feasibility report. Her work was the catalyst for everything we accomplished to date. She made the nuts and bolts of cooperative development a sheer pleasure."
- Kathryn Strickland, Executive Director, LIFT Housing and Richard Hiatt, Executive Director, Food Bank of North Alabama

"Debbie’s study of our co-op’s trade area was thorough and informative. Her analysis of potential expansion sites was a key element in our decision-making. I would recommend Debbie for any food co-op seeking a scientific analysis of the environment in which it operates."
-Kari Bradley, General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op

"We are 3 quarters into our first year of operations and the market study we got from Debbie has proven to be spot on thus far. We also appreciate how professional and helpful Debbie has been both during and after the market study!
-Lori Burge, General Manager, New Orleans Food Co-op

“We quadrupled our store size, so banks were understandably concerned with the size of the leap we were taking. Debbie's market study included a clear statement of the site's sales potential assuming certain actions on our part. We won over the bank, followed her recommendations closely, and ended up achieving the sales she forecast...almost to the dollar!"
- Chris Dilley, General Manager, People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo

“Our market study was absolutely integral to our relocation. It was the foundation that allowed us to create a vision. The raw data was the backbone of our financials. The professional report impressed the lenders. Debbie’s work was worth every penny."
- Margo O'Brien, General Manager, St. Peter Food Co-op

“Debbie is a highly skilled and knowledgeable market and trade area analyst. Her extensive work with co-ops provides apples to apples comparison data to help cooperative grocers understand and thrive in their trade areas. And, she is easy to work with and an excellent communicator.  The Customer Address Transaction (CAT) study she helped us conduct is invaluable to our marketing team. CAT data allows us to track changes to sales by census tract, and to identify and target market to census tracts where we see the opportunity to grow sales.”
- Eric Stromberg, General Manager, Davis Food Co-op

“Our market study with Debbie Suassuna was right on the money.  Even though we were expanding at the same location for our project, the study was invaluable in giving us confidence to go forward with our financial planning for the project knowing the expanded store would truly be able to support the costs involved.  We've just completed our first year in our expanded store and our sales were just beyond the study predictions.  The project has been a huge success and Debbie's study was key to making it possible for our co-op.”
- Jacqueline Hannah, General Manager, Common Ground Food Co-op

“Debbie's visit and consult helped us to gain comfort with the idea of a bigger than "typical" food co-op store. She helped me to pinpoint a location that would suit us well in our intensely competitive market. Debbie also helped us to understand what kinds of features a store would need to best compete in this market.”
- Dan Gillotte, General Manager, Wheatsville Food Co-op

"We conducted two market studies when we opened our second store.  One with Debbie at CDS Consulting Co-op and the other with a local Twin Cities firm.  Debbie's market study was by far the most accurate of the two.  Her ability to predict the sales potential for our new store, as well as its cannibalization on our existing store helped us with our financial planning. More recently we have used her services to help plan for new competitors entering the market.  We highly recommend her services." - Sean Doyle, General Manager, Seward Community Co-op

CLIENT LIST

ALLEGHENY HARVEST MARKET CO-OP - Houghton, New York
ASHLAND FOOD COOPERATIVE - Ashland, Oregon
ASSABET VILLAGE CO-OP - Maynard, Massachusetts
ASTORIA COOPERATIVE - Astoria, Oregon
BAY CITY COOPERATIVE MARKET - Bay City, Michigan
BELFAST CO-OP - Belfast, Maine
BERKSHIRE CO-OP MARKET - Great Barrington, Massachusetts
BISBEE FOOD COOPERATIVE - Bisbee, Arizona
BLOOMINGFOODS MARKET & DELI - Bloomington, Indiana
BOISE CONSUMER CO-OP - Boise, Idaho
BOULDER FOOD CO-OP - Boulder, Colorado
BRATTLEBORO FOOD CO-OP - Brattleboro, Vermont
BRIAR PATCH COMMUNITY MARKET - Grass Valley, California
CARROLL COMMUNITY MARKET - Carroll, Iowa
CASS-CLAY WHOLESALE FOOD CO-OP - Fargo, North Dakota
CENTRAL CO-OP - Seattle, Washington
CHATHAM MARKETPLACE - Pittsboro, North Carolina
CHATHAM REAL FOOD MARKET - Chatham, New York
CHICO NATURAL FOODS CO-OP - Chico, California
CITY CENTER MARKET - Cambridge, Minnesota
CITY OF COLUMBUS - Columbus, Indiana
CITY OF WASHOUGAL - Washougal, Washington
CITY MARKET - ONION RIVER CO-OP - Burlington, Vermont
CLEVELAND FOOD CO-OP - Cleveland, Ohio
CLIFTON CO-OP MARKET - Clifton, Ohio
COMMON GROUND FOOD CO-OP - Champaign, Illinois
COMMON MARKET CO-OP - Frederick, Maryland
COMMUNITY FOOD CO-OP - Bellingham, Washington
COMMUNITY FOOD CO-OP - Bozeman, Montana
COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER - Fresno, California
COMMUNITY MERCANTILE - Lawrence, Kansas
COMPANY SHOPS MARKET - Burlington, North Carolina
CONCORD COOPERATIVE MARKET - Concord, New Hampshire
COOK COUNTY WHOLE FOODS CO-OP - Grand Marais, Minnesota
CO-OPPORTUNITY CONSUMERS CO-OP - Santa Monica, California
COOS HEAD FOOD STORE - North Bend, Oregon
CREEKSIDE FOOD CO-OP - Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania
DAILY GROCERIES CO-OP - Athens, Georgia
DAVIS FOOD CO-OP - Davis, California
DEEP ROOTS MARKET - Greensboro, North Carolina
DILL PICKLE FOOD CO-OP - Chicago, Illinois
DORCHESTER COMMUNITY FOOD CO-OP - Boston, Massachusetts
DOWNTOWN GREEN BAY CHARITIES - Green Bay, Wisconsin
DUBUQUE FOOD CO-OP - Dubuque, Iowa
DURHAM CENTRAL MARKET - Durham, North Carolina
EAST END FOOD CO-OP - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
EAST LANSING FOOD CO-OP - East Lansing, Michigan
EASTSIDE FOOD CO-OP - Minneapolis, Minnesota
EASTWOOD MARKET & CAFE - Louisville, Kentucky
EVER'MAN NATURAL FOODS CO-OP - Pensacola, Florida
FAIRBANKS COMMUNITY COOPERATIVE MARKET - Fairbanks, Alaska
FARMERS' CO-OP AT CITY MARKET - Indianapolis, Indiana
FIDDLEHEADS NATURAL FOOD CO-OP - Stonington, Connecticut
FIRST ALTERNATIVE CO-OP - Corvallis, Oregon
FLATBUSH FOOD CO-OP - Brooklyn, New York
FOOD BANK OF NORTH ALABAMA - Huntsville, Alabama
FOOD CONSPIRACY - Tucson, Arizona
FOOD SHED CO-OP - Crystal Lake, Illinois
FORT COLLINS FOOD CO-OP - Fort Collins, Colorado
FUQUAY-VARINA COMMUNITY MARKET - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
FRENCH BROAD FOOD CO-OP - Asheville, North Carolina
FRIENDLY CITY FOOD CO-OP - Harrisonburg, Virginia
FRIENDS & FARMERS CO-OP - State College, Pennsylvania
GENESEE CO-OP MARKET - Rochester, New York
GOOD FOODS CO-OP - Lexington, Kentucky
GREAT RIVER CO-OP - Walpole, New Hampshire
GREEN MARKET CO-OP OF BARREN COUNTY - Glasgow, Kentucky
GREEN TOP GROCERY COOPERATIVE - Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
GREENSTAR CO-OP MARKET - Ithaca, New York
H STREET COMMUNITY MARKET - Washington, DC
HANOVER CONSUMER CO-OP - Lebanon, New Hampshire
HARMONY NATURAL FOODS CO-OP - Bemidji, Minnesota
HARVEST MARKET COOPERATIVE - Barneveld, Wisconsin
HARVEST MOON CO-OP - Long Lake, Minnesota
HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY CO-OP - Hendersonville, North Carolina
HONEST WEIGHT FOOD CO-OP - Albany, New York
HUB CITY CO-OP - Spartanburg, South Carolina
HUDSON GROCERY COOPERATIVE - Hudson, Wisconsin
HUNGER MOUNTAIN CO-OP - Montpelier, Vermont
INDIANA HOME GROWN - Paoli, Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS FOOD CO-OP - Indianapolis, Indiana
ISLA VISTA FOOD CO-OP - Isla Vista, California
JEANINE O'BRIEN - Elkhorn, Wisconsin
JUST FOOD COMMUNITY CO-OP - Northfield, Minnesota
KENNSINGTON COMMUNITY FOOD CO-OP - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
KEWEENAH CO-OP - Hancock, Michigan
KITSAP FOOD CO-OP - Bremerton, Washington
KOKUA MARKET NATURAL FOOD CO-OP - Honolulu, Hawaii
LA MONTANITA FOOD CO-OP - Albuquerque, New Mexico
LAKEWINDS NATURAL FOODS - Minnetonka, Minnesota
LEXINGTON REAL FOODS COMMUNITY CO-OP - Buffalo, New York
LINDEN HILLS CO-OP - Minneapolis, Minnesota
LITTLE FALLS FOOD CO-OP - Little Falls, Minnesota
LITTLETON, NH FOOD CO-OP - Littleton, New Hampshire
LONG BEACH GROCERY CO-OP - Long Beach, California
LOS ALAMOS CO-OP MARKET - Los Alamos, New Mexico
LOVETTSVILLE COOPERATIVE MARKET - Lovettsville, Virginia
MACOMB FOOD CO-OP - Macomb, Illinois
MAIN MARKET CO-OP - Spokane, Washington
MANCHESTER FOOD CO-OP - Manchester, New Hampshire
MARIPOSA FOOD CO-OP - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MARQUETTE FOOD CO-OP - Marquette, Michigan
MENOMONIE MARKET FOOD CO-OP - Menomonie, Wisconsin
MIDDLEBURY NATURAL FOODS CO-OP - Middlebury, Vermont
MISSISSIPPI MARKET - St. Paul, Minnesota
MONADNOCK FARM & COMMUNITY CONNECTION - Keen, New Hampshire
MOON CO-OP - Oxford, Ohio
MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP - Moscow, Idaho
MOUNT HOLLY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION - Mount Holly, North Carolina
MOUNTAIN VIEW MARKET - Las Cruces, New Mexico
NASHVILLE FOOD CO-OP - Nashville, Illinois
NEIGHBORHOOD CO-OP - Carbondale, Illinois
NEW LEAF MARKET NATURAL FOODS GROCERY & DELI - Tallahassee, Florida
NEW ORLEANS FOOD COMMUNITY, INC. - New Orleans, Louisiana
NEW PIONEER - Iowa City, Iowa
NORTHAMPTON CO-OP MARKET - Northampton, Massachusetts
NORTHERN NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Espanola, New Mexico
NORTHWEST COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER - Olympia, Washington
OCEAN BEACH PEOPLE'S ORGANIC FOOD MARKET - San Diego, California
OLYMPIA FOOD CO-OP - Olympia, Washington
ONEOTA COMMUNITY FOOD CO-OP - Decorah, Iowa
OPEN HARVEST NATURAL FOODS CO-OP - Lincoln, Nebraska
ORYANA FOOD COOPERATIVE - Traverse City, Michigan
OSHKOSH FOOD CO-OP - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
PENDLETON COMMUNITY CO-OP - Pendleton, Oregon
PEOPLE'S FOOD CO-OP - La Crosse, Wisconsin
PEOPLE'S FOOD CO-OP - Portland, Oregon
PEOPLE'S FOOD CO-OP OF KALAMAZOO - Kalamazoo, Michigan
PEOPLES FOOD CO-OP - Ann Arbor, Michigan
PLACERVILLE NATURAL FOODS CO-OP - Placerville, California
PORTLAND FOOD CO-OP - Portland, Maine
PORTSIDE COMMUNITY MARKET - Oakland, California
PRAIRIE FOOD CO-OP - Lombard, Illinois
PUGET CONSUMER CO-OP - Seattle, Washington
PUTNEY FOOD CO-OP - Putney, Vermont
RICHMOND FOOD CO-OP - Richmond, Virginia
RISING TIDE COOPERATIVE MARKET - Damariscotta, Maine
RIVER CITY FOOD CO-OP - Evansville, Indiana
RIVER MARKET COMMUNITY CO-OP - Stillwater, Minnesota
RIVER VALLEY CO-OP - Northampton, Massachusetts
ROANOKE NATURAL FOODS CO-OP - Roanoke, Virginia
SACRAMENTO NATURAL FOODS - Sacramento, California
SANTA ROSA COMMUNITY MARKET - Santa Rosa, California
SEVANANDA FOOD CO-OP - Atlanta, Georgia
SEWARD COMMUNITY CO-OP AND DELI - Minneapolis, Minnesota
SHARED HARVEST FOOD COOPERATIVE - Elgin, Illinois
SIERRA VISTA FOOD CO-OP - Sierra Vista, Arizona
ST. PETER FOOD CO-OP & DELI - St. Peter, Minnesota
STONE'S THROW MARKET - Troy, Ohio
SUGAR BEET CO-OP - Oak Park, Illinois
SWEET ONION - Walla Walla, Washington
SYRACUSE REAL FOOD COOPERATIVE - Syracuse, New York
TAKOMA PARK SILVER SPRING FOOD CO-OP - Takoma Park, Maryland
THE FOOD CO-OP - Port Townsend, Washington
THREE RIVERS MARKET - Knoxville, Tennessee
TICONDEROGA REVITALIZATION ALLIANCE - Ticonderoga, New York
TIDAL CREEK COOPERATIVE FOOD MARKET - Wilmington, North Carolina
UKIAH NATURAL FOODS - Ukiah, California
UPPER VALLEY FOOD CO-OP - White River Junction, Vermont
URBAN GREENS - Providence, Rhode Island
VALLEY COOPERATIVE MARKET - Staunton, Virginia
VALLEY FOOD CO-OP - Alamosa, Colorado
VALLEY NATURAL FOODS - Burnsville, Minnesota
VANCOUVER FOOD CO-OP - Vancouver, Washington
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - Newport News, Virginia
VIROQUA FOOD CO-OP - Viroqua, Wisconsin
WASATCH COOPERATIVE MARKET - Salt Lake City, Utah
WEAVER STREET MARKET - Carrboro, North Carolina
WEAVERS WAY FOOD CO-OP - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WEST CHESTER FOOD CO-OP - West Chester, Pennsylvania
WHEATSFIELD GROCERY - Ames, Iowa
WHEATSVILLE FOOD CO-OP - Austin, Texas
WILD OATS CO-OP - Williamstown, Massachusetts
WILD ROOT MARKET - Racine, Wisconsin
WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC - San Francisco, California
WILLIMANTIC FOOD CO-OP - Willimantic, Connecticut
WILLY STREET CO-OP - Madison, Wisconsin
YELM FOOD CO-OP - Yelm, Washington
YPSILANTI FOOD CO-OP - Ypsilanti, Michigan

 


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