A cooperative (co-op) grocery store is a full-service grocery store owned by its members or equity shareholders. Profits are reinvested in the Co-op and/or returned to the owners as patronage rebates during profitable years.
Our Co-op is owned by the members we serve. Many of which are our employees. Currently, we are owned by over 12,000 families in our community. In addition to being democratically governed, we also have a triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
Owner or not, everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op. Our stores have all you need for a one-stop shopping experience. Once you’ve discovered the benefits of shopping at the Co-op, we’d love your additional support as an owner.
While the Co-op is open to everyone, there are definitely benefits to becoming an owner. Monthly Owner Extra deals, 10% off one day of your choice each month, and C.O.R.E points that you earn with every purchase are just some of the saving perks, but most owners value supporting a mission-driven business that puts people and the environment before profit — supporting the local economy, sustainability and equal access to food for all.
Not at all. While many co-ops, including ours, were based on a “working-member” model in the 70’s, current California labor laws don’t allow owners to help paid staff as volunteers at our stores. But there are plenty of other ways to be involved! We invite you to run for a seat on the Board, apply for a position at one of our stores, participate in our many events and help us spread the word about the Co-op and our mission.
To avoid annual charges and lapsed owner benefits we encourage new owners to pay their full $200 investment (8 shares) up front. Once 8 shares are purchased, you are an owner and part owner of Co-opportunity for life! If the full investment is not within reach at this time, we also offer a 4-year payment plan.
Also unlike membership fees at most other businesses, a Co-opportunity membership is an investment that is refundable. Should you move or change your mind, owners can submit a withdrawal request to our leadership team requesting a return on your investment.
* Annual investment shares are at risk and withdrawal is subject to Board approval. See Ownership Contract for full details.