Who We Are
We are a member-owned consumer cooperative owned by more 30,000 families, and one of the oldest and most successful co-ops of its kind in the United States. Anyone can shop, member or not.
How We Got Here
The self-described “Rochdale Pioneers” opened the first cooperative food shop in Rochdale, England, in 1844—promising to provide members with “purest provisions, giving full weight and measure.” They developed a series of operating principles which still guide cooperatives around the world, and today there are more than 100 million cooperative members creating thriving cooperative economies in more than 80 countries worldwide.
Growing With Our Community
Our co-op began in 1936, when 17 Dartmouth College professors and their spouses formed the Hanover Consumer’s Club. The club incorporated as the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society a year later—with small retail store in a basement on Main Street in Hanover, New Hampshire. Annual sales reached $11,404.
Today our Co-op has locations in Vermont and New Hampshire, and is made up of three full-sized supermarkets, one community market, a full-service auto service center, an off-site commissary kitchen, and off-site administrative offices. We employ 425 Upper Valley residents and have total sales of over $72 million.