Case Studies

Capital Campaign Funding Builds Expansion Momentum

Astoria Food Co-op Astoria, OR Year founded: 1974 Member investment: $200 Number of members: 4,200 Number of employees: 25 Retail square feet: 2,000 currently (7,000 Summer 2019) The town of Astoria, Oregon has a strong independent streak. While other nearby areas are overrun with chain stores, their town has not [...]

Sustaining a Thriving Community for Over 70+ Years

Putney Food Co-op Putney, VT Year founded: 1941 Member investment: $75 Number of members: 1,700 Number of employees: 40 Retail square feet: 2,800 The Putney Food Co-op in Putney, Vermont has long been an example of how to serve a small community well with a small store. What it lacks [...]

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Wheatsville Practices ‘Strategic Giving’ to Engage with Community

Wheatsville Food Co-op Austin, TX Year founded: 1976 Number of members: 22,087 Member investment: $70 Number of employees: 236 Number of retails: Guadalupe Street and South Lamar locations Like many businesses focused on serving a community, Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, Tex. , was generous in supporting local service groups [...]

Ends Outline Co-op Communication Strategy

Three Rivers Market Knoxville, TN Year founded: 1976 Number of members: 8,200 Member investment: $200 Number of employees: 40 Retail square feet: 10,000 A few years ago, Jackie Arthur, the general manager at Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, TN, decided to switch up her approach to co-op communications with her [...]

Using Storytelling Techniques for Owner Linkage

Flatbush Food Co-op Brooklyn, New York Year founded: 1976 Number of members: 3,500 Member investment: $200 Number of employees: 70 Retail square footage: 8,000 The Flatbush Food Co-op has been in business as a trusted institution in Brooklyn since the 1970s, yet given the increasing competition, and with expansion a [...]

Leading Co-op Operations with an Equity Lens

Durham Co-op Market Durham, NC Year founded: 2015 Number of members: 4,000 Member investment: $100 Number of employees: 50 Retail square feet: 8,000 The startup vision for Durham Co-op Market in Durham, NC was to be a very inclusive organization, one that would be an integral part of the community [...]

Putting Expansion Dreams Through the Filter of Feasibility

Daily Groceries Co-op Athens, GA For a long time, Daily Groceries Co-op in Athens, Georgia, was a food co-op that was stuck—its sales were stagnant and not much changed in the way it did business for about three decades. The same people shopped. A small handful of people reaped big [...]

CoMinnesota

Minneapolis, MN Year founded:  2011 Number of members:  30, mailing list 650 Investment:  $25+ annual due Cooperative Development Services is fiscal sponsor CoMinnesota is a cross-sector cooperative group that got its start motivated by an address given by David Thompson, author of Weavers of Dreams.  As part of his talk, [...]

Cooperative Service Training Helps Staff Promote the Co-op

Friendly City Food Co-op Harrisonburg, VA Year founded:  2011 Membership investment:  $200 Number of members:  1,800 Number of employees:  34 Retail square feet:  5,600 When Friendly City Food Co-op in Harrisonburg, Va. opened as a startup in 2011, they quickly gained a positive reputation in the community for providing great [...]

New General Manager Establishes Strong Board Relationship

Mountain View Market Co+op Las Cruces, NM Year founded:  1975 Membership investment:  $200 Number of members:  3,700 Number of employees:  24 Retail square feet:  6,100 As most managers discover when they take on the role of general manager, the top job is all about forging positive relationships with many stakeholders:  [...]