Announcement on Ozark Natural Foods loan payoff set for Dec. 5

The Ozark Natural Foods board of directors is ready to settle a controversial issue that has led to 16 months of turmoil amongst owners, employees, and management.

The board will announce their decision on whether to use reserve funds to pay off the store’s building loan at an event set for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Ozark Natural Foods.

The loan payoff issue is one of a handful of factors that ultimately contributed to a worker strike over the summer.

Co-op officials said that owners, shoppers, and community members are encouraged to attend the announcement.