Pre-opening Timeline


A lot of work goes into building a community food co-op from the ground up! It’s taken nearly five years and the support of over 1400 co-op owners to get us to this point. Now, thanks to the faith and dedication of this amazing community, all the pieces are in place for the co-op to move full steam ahead with construction and buildout in preparation for opening. While our construction team is focused on finishing the building itself, co-op staff will be hard at work completing the following action items. This list is far from exhaustive, but hopefully provides some insight into what the next several months are going to look like at Green Top. Following this timeline, we are hoping to open the doors to our community-owned grocery store in late spring or early summer of 2017!


Winter 2016-2017:


  • Meet with local farmers
  • Finalize and place equipment orders
  • Finalize staff structure and wage scale
  • Start accepting applications for management staff
  • Install refrigeration equipment

Early Spring 2017:                 


  • Determine product lines and confirm farmer relations
  • Prepare initial inventory order
  • Hire and train management staff
  • Hold job fair for mid and entry-level staff
  • Set up shelves and store fixtures
  • Install kitchen equipment
  • Start recipe testing and set initial deli programming
  • Develop education and outreach programing

Late Spring/ Early Summer 2017:                 


  • Complete final utility and telecom hookups
  • Hire and train mid and entry-level staff
  • Receive initial inventory order
  • Plan opening staff schedules
  • Final store clean-up
  • Prep for open!