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Co-ops in Madison, Wisconsin

608today Willy Street Co-op

Members of the Wil-Mar neighborhood have been shopping here since 1974.

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What is a co-op?

A food co-op is a cooperative grocery store owned by members of the community. Co-ops, unlike traditional chain grocers, are community-focused — putting the needs of the neighborhood before investors.

Local residents have the opportunity to buy-in or invest in a co-op (oftentimes through a “membership”) to receive perks + discounts. Members are often entitled to:

  • Special deals on particular goods or services
  • Power to vote on a co-op’s board of directors
  • Financial rewards such as member dollars + yearly dividends

Where can I shop at one?

Note: Any community member may shop at a local co-op without a membership.

Willy Street Co-op | 1221 Williamson St. | Mon.-Sun., 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Membership cost: $58 for individual owners or $93 for households.
(Pro tip: You can pay these dues over the span of seven years.)

Regent Market Co-op | 2136 Regent St. | Mon.-Sun., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Membership cost: $25 for a yearly household membership or $125 one-time payment.

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