What’s this co-op grocery store you’ve heard about??
This fun video explains the many ways a cooperative grocery helps our community. The only part that isn’t accurate anymore is the fact that we’re well above 500 now, and chugging towards the 2000 owners we’ll have when our doors open! Will you be one of those owners?
|Would you LOVE a grocery store that:
Then you should become a GREEN TOP GROCERY OWNER!
Click here to fill out an application and purchase your owner shares. (Payment plans are available, as well as financial assistance plans for those who want to support the co-op but can’t afford the full owner equity payment.)
Why become a Green Top owner NOW?
Early owners make it possible for this project to move forward.
Recruiting owners before we even have a physical storefront is a crucial step in proving we have community support and can raise the basic investment funds needed to proceed to our next steps:
- Selecting a location for Green Top Grocery
- Securing loans
- Hiring staff
- Opening Bloomington/Normal’s own community-owned grocery store.
Owners elect Green Top’s Board of Directors—and are eligible to serve as Board members themselves. Owners’ votes will set the direction for Green Top far into the future: our values, our goals, owner benefits, and the products, programs, and services to be offered. So even though the store isn’t open YET, today’s owners are making key decisions — you want to be part of that!
Green Top’s Owners share a deep commitment to the Green Top vision, and they are willing to take a leap of faith that says “I know our community will make this happen.”
Our early owners share the vision of a community-owned, socially responsible business that is committed to supporting local farms and food artisans, increasing availability and knowledge about healthy locally grown foods, paying workers a living wage, and boosting our local economy.
As one of these early owners, you share the vision… and you’ve shown you have faith and confidence in our community’s ability to make this happen. Even without an actual store where you can shop (yet!), you are willing to make a tangible investment in bringing this valuable asset to Bloomington-Normal, and we thank you for that.
We know some people will not feel comfortable becoming Green Top owners until later in the process — after the store site is selected or even after we have opened the store. We respect that point of view, however, right now we need to find our “early adopters” — the people who will truly make Green Top happen. If you are one of these people, we need to hear from you! Click on the image below to learn more.
Want to know more?
Here are links to help answer the questions we get most often:
- What is Green Top Grocery?
- When and where will Green Top open?
- What are the benefits of becoming a Green Top owner?
- Other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- You can also send your questions to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.