What is a co-op?
A co-op is an organization owned, operated, and financed by its owners. Green Top Grocery is 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… but there are some very important differences!
How is a food co-op different from ‘regular’ grocery stores?
While a food co-op has things in common with a traditional grocery store, it’s our difference that makes a co-op so amazing! For instance, cooperatives exist to fulfill the needs of their owners, not shareholders or executives hundreds of miles away. In the case of Green Top Grocery, priority is placed on local farmers/producers, and organic selections. Green Top also exists to create better food access for the community, and to build a stronger, more just local economy.
Although the co-op has only been open since May 2017, we’ve already made big impacts:
Co-ops around the world, including ours, are guided by seven principles. These principles help us remember who we are, what we are trying to do, and how we’ve agreed to do it.
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training, and Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Concern for Community
IT'S ABOUT LOCAL SOURCING
IT'S ABOUT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
IT'S ABOUT BEING A PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL
IT'S ABOUT YOU