Our business plan calls for Green Top to have 1875 owners before the store opens in spring/summer of 2017. If you’ve been considering Green Top ownership, NOW is the time to take a action.
The benefits of becoming a GTG owner include:
GTG owners elected Green Top’s first permanent board of directors in May 2013 and have held board elections every year since. The Board of directors sets the direction for Green Top far into the future and provides direction to our General Manager. Owners have a say at Owner Input Sessions about topics important to our store like defining ‘local’, wages & benefits, owner benefits and more that have taken place over the last few months and will continue until store opening.
Our owners share the vision of a community owned, socially responsible business. They are committed to supporting local farms and food artisans; increasing availability and knowledge about healthy, locally grown foods; paying workers a living wage; and strengthening our local economy. Even without a physical storefront (yet!), owners are willing to make a tangible investment in bringing this valuable asset to Bloomington-Normal.
With co-ops such as Common Ground Food Cooperative in Urbana. Other cooperatives in and around Illinois and around the country may also participate in our reciprocal program. Just ask! What this means is that when you shop with a reciprocal co-op you get the same benefits their owners get. At the checkout, just tell them you are Green Top Grocery owner!
Two hundred settings of melamine plates, forks, spoons, mugs, and cloth napkins are available to owners to borrow (subject to availability) at no charge, so you can host an event with minimal waste.
We will feature you in Green Top Grocery’s Business Directory. Green Top owners like to work with businesses who also support their values. For the mere cost of an ownership, can you think of a better way to reach such a community-minded audience?
We’ve hosted several owner socials and happy hours; took a field trip to Urbana to tour their co-op; sold turkeys from T.J’s Free Range Poultry at a fantastic price for Thanksgiving; group-walked in the Labor Day parade and Thanksgiving Turkey Trot; and invited owners to ‘tell their story’ with art for a gallery show in Downtown Bloomington. We are building a true community that you’ll want to be a part of!