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When Renaissance Community Co-op (RCC) opened in October of 2016 in Greensboro, NC, it fulfilled the need for a grocery store in a community that had not had one in over 17 years. Unfortunately, the store closed its doors in January. It is important to recognize that in opening the store, building... Learn more
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In the last 11 years over 70 % of the new food co-ops that opened are still in business. That is a remarkable success rate, but it still means 3 out of 10 did not survive. The grocery industry is in the midst of radical and chaotic change—will startups continue to beat the odds? No one goes through... Learn more
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The most important asset of any co-op is its members. But how does a start-up food co-op go from a core group of five people to more than 900 members in three years? This case study discussed how the Fredericksburg Food Co-op – drives growth -- from outreach to specific populations to work with... Learn more
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In November of 2016, Silverton Food Co-op (SFC), then a stage 1 start-up, was approached with an exciting opportunity to be more than just a group with a table and tent. Now a stage 2b start up, SFC will share their experience with a "store before the store”. It’s a case study on how we decided to... Learn more
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Urban Greens, located in Providence, RI, Urban Greens formed in 2010 with the goal of creating a full-service grocery store in a part of their town that was ethnically and income diverse to meet the needs of that neighborhood, using access to healthy food to build community. Join Urban Greens'... Learn more
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Green Top Grocery in Bloomington, IL and Prairie Roots Food Co-op in Fargo, ND had similar development timelines and both opened in 2017. In spite of very promising start-up efforts, strong ownership and successful capital campaigns, both stores sales were at 50% of projections in the months after... Learn more
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The process of securing your site can be a powerful opportunity to build momentum, engage current owners, and attract new owners *if* you have a plan and are ready to leverage that process. Join Jerry Nash, Outreach Coordinator at Prairie Food Co-op, for his tale of what Prairie Food Co-op did to... Learn more
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“2B or Not 2B? How to evaluate Feasibility” – Building Board consensus on your project status and conveying the message to your owners. This session, will focus on: The challenges faced in the transition from Stage 2A to 2B How we used an assessment created by FCI for another co-op in our region as... Learn more
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In June of 2016, Cooperative Grocer ran an article by a guy named Stuart Reid entitled “Why Some Co-ops Fail: Six red flags from the past ten years of startups.” We will explore the development of The Marmaton Market Food Co-op in Moran, Kansas, against this backdrop, sharing how these ‘red flags’... Learn more
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Lorne Bell, director of outreach & communications for Assabet Village Co-op Market, was the first staff member for this stage-2 startup food co-op. What has Lorne, who has blown away the owner growth goals set for him at hiring, learned about how to be successful in the role? What did the board... Learn more
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