ROCKLAND — The Good Tern Natural Food Co-op at 750 Main St. in Rockland announced several changes in the staffing line-up.

General Managers Brandy Monroe and Laura LaPointe decided to step back after a year-and-a-half in the shared general manager role. They will return to their previous roles managing the Hole in the Wall bagel shop, which is owned by the Good Tern.

While the search is on for a permanent general manager, the Good Tern has contracted with Columinate, a national consulting cooperative, to hire Garland McQueen as an interim manager.

McQueen is a seasoned co-op general manager, who will run the Good Tern for an interim, six-month contract starting at the end of June.

McQueen travels the country to help co-ops during general management transitions. He will assess the business to identify opportunities for improvement in areas such as purchasing agreements with suppliers, store layout, organizational structure and product selection in departments.

McQueen writes, “The nature of my job is to address any issues, offer guidance and training where needed, correct and improve the operation of your Co-op as well as being greatly involved in any major decisions. I will gladly offer assistance in the search and hiring of a permanent General Manager.”

At a previous interim general manager engagement, McQueen made many improvements, including increasing sales from 1-3% annual revenue growth to a consistent 8 to 9% growth.

According to that store’s Board Vice President, “Garland has also brought great reporting and transparency of store operations to the board. He has taught us how to work with a seasoned General Manager and has helped us better define board vs. GM roles.”

“The Good Tern Board and staff are so excited about the chance to work with an experienced co-op manager who has assisted so many other co-ops,” said Board Chair Jess Mazur. “It’s a great opportunity for us to learn.”

Those interested in the position of permanent general manager may send a resume and cover letter to

In other news, staff and customers announced that Glen Mills will return to the Good Tern, specifically with the management team. Mills worked at the Good Tern for seven years before relocating to Portland, where he served as part of the management team for the Portland Food Co-op.