A cooperative business is one that is owned by those who use its services. The Co-op embodies the idea that by working together and pooling our resources we can provide ourselves and our community with goods and services we need.
Joining is easy. Just download this Membership Application and bring it to our Service Desks. We’ll take care of the rest.
All Co-op members are required to purchase ten shares of Co-op stock at $5.00 each. No annual fee is required. Members who purchase membership shares upon joining the Co-op will receive a stock certificate at that time. Those joining the Co-op through the Patronage Refund Deduction plan will receive a share statement with their patronage refund check. The Co-op does not pay dividends on membership shares.
Because members are owners of the Co-op, when the business makes a profit members share in these “net savings” with other members in the form of a patronage refund. The patronage refund is calculated as a percentage of your combined annual purchases at the Co-op Food Stores, Community Market, and Co-op Service Center. This percentage, or refund rate, is established annually by the Board of Directors and varies depending on how profitable Co-op operations have been during the preceding year. Refunds may be issued as cash or a combination of cash and Co-op stock.
There are many good reasons for becoming a member. One of the most important is the support members bring to the surrounding communities.
Socially responsible local ownership
A stable market for local farmers and producers
A higher standard of doing business
A commitment to quality products and honest value
Reliable consumer information
Outstanding customer service
Fun community-oriented events