Would you LOVE a GROCERY STORE that . . .
Then you should become a GREEN TOP GROCERY FOUNDING OWNER!
Click here to fill out an application and pay for your owner shares. (Monthly or quarterly payment plans are also available, as well as special Financial Accessibility plans for folks who want to support the co-op but can’t afford the full owner equity payment.)
Why become a Green Top FOUNDING OWNER now?
Because we need our Founding Owners BEFORE we can move ahead to secure a site for our store and work on getting it open. Thanks to our Seed Starters, we have raised much of the money needed for feasibility and business planning work–but we can’t move ahead without commitment from our owners.
The folks who become owners during Green Top’s early development—-our ”organizing” phase—-are special. Without them, Green Top will never open (which is truly unthinkable!)
Recruiting our first 500 owners is a crucial step in proving we have the community support needed, and we can raise the basic investment funds needed before we move on to our next steps:
- Selecting a location for Green Top Grocery
- Securing loans
- Hiring staff
- Opening our very own community-owned grocery store.
Our first 500 owners will be the ones who elect Green Top’s first permanent Board of Directors–and will also be the first ones eligible to serve as Board members. Our Founding 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.
Green Top’s FOUNDING 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 can make this happen.”
Our Founding 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 a Founding Owner, not only do you share the vision . . . 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. When we issue Green Top ownership cards, we will include a special note on our Founding Owners’ cards, as recognition of your important role in Green Top’s development.
We know some people will not feel comfortable becoming Green Top owners until later in the process–after we have selected a store site or after we have opened the store. We totally respect and understand 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 NOW. 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 email@example.com.