What is a Coop?

A co-op is more than a grocery store. It is the chance to be a member-owner with voting power to ensure that the core values are upheld. It is an opportunity to be a part of your community and promote sustainability, social justice, responsible consumerism, and healthy living.

Consumer cooperatives have been around for centuries. First started in England in 1844. Today, food co-ops are seeing a renewal as many consumers are becoming more aware of the importance of knowing where food comes from, buying locally, and being a member of the community—both local and global.

When someone becomes a member-owner, they buy into the co-op, are given democratic voting rights, and encouraged to take part in the store by volunteering time.

7 Internationally Recognized Cooperative Principles:

  • Voluntary and Open Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Member Economic Participation
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training, and Information
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  • Concern for Community

If there are any further questions regarding what a co-op does, we’d be happy to talk to you!