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.