The Community Coop is a consumer cooperative that believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of high quality, nutritious food. An engaged and empowering community, the Coop encourages the adoption of healthy diets and seeks to serve the entire community by linking people, markets, farmers, artisans and investors and increasing access to fresh, local food. It offers its members the opportunity to participate through work shifts, work groups, and General Meetings. It is different from other coops, markets, and CSA’s in cost of food, breadth of product, and hours of operation.
The coop will be an everyday, 12,000 square foot grocery store that stocks and sells all categories of food. We will also carry health supplements, flowers, and beauty products. We will have a commercial kitchen. Family-friendly, it will have childcare, desks for homework, healthy snacks, and a playroom.
Because all members actively participate in running the cooperative during regularly scheduled work shifts, there are significantly less staffing expenses for receiving, inventory management, packaging, shelf stocking, checkout, and cleaning. The money saved on staffing reduces the price of food. Our small foot print saves money on occupancy.
Consistent with our commitment to ecological stewardship, the Coop offers significant efficiencies in energy, water, packaging, and transportation.
The cooperative has a robust business model and will be financially self-sustaining.