General Manager Position Opening







480 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, NC. 27312  |  (919) 542-2643  |


Chatham Marketplace, a locally owned cooperative grocery store in Pittsboro NC, welcomes applications for the position of General Manager. We are looking for an individual with initiative and drive who has demonstrated success in operational efficiency, staff development and collaborative projects. The General Manager is responsible for the bottom line profitability of the store, which generates approximately $2 million in annual sales.

Desired Qualifications:
● Minimum 2 years supervisory experience and 2 years retail grocery experience, preferably in a cooperative food store or independent community grocery store.
● Proven financial management skills, including planning and implementation of budgets, maximizing operational efficiency including management of margins and cash, and ensuring adequate cash flow and capital.
● Advanced knowledge of products, buying, pricing, merchandising, and inventory management.
● Passion for team building across sectors, showing the talent and commitment to motivate and inspire the community of staff, owners, and customers.
● Ability to effectively and efficiently manage personnel, including hiring, staff evaluation, development, and separation; team building across departments; fostering a positive environment of mutual respect and exceptional morale; and maintenance of accurate personnel records.
● Leadership in setting, planning and achieving goals.
● Experience communicating with diverse groups and individuals.
● Awareness and knowledge of relevant competitors and industry trends.
● Ability to perform duties of staff as needed to ensure customer needs are met.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume along with a cover letter explaining your desire to work with Chatham Marketplace and summarizing the skills and experience you believe would make you an excellent candidate for the General Manager position. New applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application review will start immediately and is on a rolling basis. We will conduct phone and in-person interviews for highly qualified candidates on an immediate basis. References and work samples will be requested upon invitation to interview. We are eager to hire the right candidate so apply promptly if you are interested. Resume and cover letter should be submitted by email, with your name in the subject line, to:

Salary Range: ​$40,000 – $50,000 with the opportunity for performance bonuses

About Chatham Marketplace: Starting as a business idea proposed by a mom at a children’s playgroup, Chatham Marketplace opened on May 2006 after several years of community outreach and fundraising. The Marketplace has grown into a bustling community hub with over 1,500 active member-owners. Our principal debt obligation is owned by a local partnership. We are truly a locally grown and community owned grocery!

The General Manager reports to a Board elected by our owners. The management of 20+ staff members, daily operations of a 5,500 sq ft grocery and deli, budgeting, and planning is the responsibility of the General Manager, who is guided by limits and expectations set by Board policies. The Board operates under Policy Governance, a system that values empowerment, accountability and vision. ( The “Ends” of Chatham Marketplace are somewhat analogous to a mission statement and serve to guide the Board and the General Manager.

Chatham Marketplace “Ends”: We serve our owner and employees, our shoppers, our local farmers and business community, and our broader community by being a flourishing coop that:
● provides healthy quality food
● supports local agriculture
● strengthens the local economy
● is a good place to work
● has an active ownership
● practices environmental stewardship
● is a catalyst for cooperation among community members
● serves as a community hub
● advances the well-being of each community member

The store is located in a historic mill building, which was once the world’s largest producer of woven clothing labels. The building has been renovated to house a variety of arts, retail and office spaces. A beautiful pollinator demonstration garden, designed and managed by one of our local agricultural extension agents, attracts people from near and far to the lawn of the mill.

About Pittsboro and Chatham County: A rural small town of about 4,000, Pittsboro is a classic North Carolina county seat with a central traffic circle surrounding the Courthouse and old-timey diagonal parking downtown. The rural small town feel is balanced by easy access to the cosmopolitan area known as the Triangle, including Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Chatham County’s central location puts North Carolina’s mountains and beaches just a few hours drive away. Rapid growth is coming to Pittsboro as Chatham Park, an expansive work-live-play community which occupies over 8,000 acres to the east of town, moves into full construction. Chatham Park and other developments are expected to bring an additional 60,000 residents to Pittsboro over the next 25 years.

Chatham County is known nationally for its many grass-roots and entrepreneurial efforts in promoting sustainable living. Notable non-profits, including the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and the Rural Advancement Foundation International, reach out from Pittsboro to bring opportunities and resources to the region and the nation. The local community college offers unique programs in Sustainable Agriculture, Alternative Energy, Green Building, and a Natural Chef’s Program. The creativity of local entrepreneurs is demonstrated by successful ventures including Eastern Carolina Organics, The Abundance Foundation, Slow Money NC, Starlight Mead, Chaudhry Halal Meats, Fair Game Beverage, NC Arts Incubator, and many successful small farms.

Pittsboro is within commuting distance of major universities and their associated amenities, including the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, Duke University and North Carolina Central University. The University of North Carolina and Duke both provide health services through their hospitals, research centers and medical schools. Nearby, a world class research area, Research Triangle Park, is home to many high tech businesses. An international airport serves the region.

The Haw River is enjoyed by many kayakers and canoeists as it runs through the county to Jordan Lake. A State park surrounding the lake, less than 10 miles from downtown Pittsboro, provides swimming beaches, camp sites, fishing, and boating as well as wildlife observation areas such as an eagle lookout.

Many cultural events are held frequently within the region, including live music, plays, films and art exhibits. Chatham Marketplace often hosts musicians, tastings and other store events. Local artists display their work in our café. A Saturday morning farmer’s market is held on the lawn of the mill from April through January.