What is a Co-Op?

A co-op is an organization owned, operated, and financed by its owners. Green Top Grocery will be owned by those who purchase shares (providing equity for the store). Ownership is open to all, and anyone can shop at the co-op regardless of whether they are an owner or not.

In many ways, a co-op grocery store is just like any other grocery store – it carries the range of products and offers many services found in a typical grocery store.

How is a co-op grocery store different from a regular grocery store?

Community ownership is the biggest difference. A co-op grocery store is voluntarily owned and controlled by owners who purchase equity shares. Green Top Grocery will be operated for the benefit of our owners, to meet their mutual needs and values. Our owners will make a formal decision on our values, but some common guiding principles of grocery cooperatives are:

  • Social responsibility
  • Support for local/organic/independent farmers and producers
  • Healthy foods and a healthy environment
  • Clear labeling and reliable information about products sold
  • Care of the community (making it a better place to live)
  • Creating good jobs that pay fair wages
  • Educating the community about healthy eating
  • Promoting food justice

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