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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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Vision, is yours just a formality or a powerful guiding principle reflective of your community? Getting to the right vision can be challenging for grassroots co-ops. Entering into different phases of development with different people and different competitors, vision can change over time. We will... Learn more
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The Ambler Food Co-op no longer exists and is a big success. Huh? What? Come find out how the Amber Food Co-op of Ambler, PA went from a hard working stage two co-op with hundreds of owners to opening a store in their town with the established Weavers Way Food Co-op of Philly, PA and ultimately... Learn more
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The Durham Co-op Market opened in March, 2015 in an economically and racially diverse part of Durham. They've been a wild success since opening, almost doubling their second-year projections, in good part because they put a great deal of effort into truly serving everyone in the community. How did... Learn more
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An 18-Month Post-Opening Odyssey – a realistic look back at the highs and lows, the good and the bad that occurred post opening for East Aurora. Learn more
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Well, The First Years are the Hardest Years… How the Sugar Beet Co-op went from the seed of an idea to making (a little) profit in 5 years. Peter Nolan, the Sugar Beet’s Board President, will share the story of how the Beet came to be. This case study will start with the founding of the Co-op,... Learn more
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We incorporated in January, 2014 and held our first Public Meeting March 15, 2014. We sold over 100 Shares the first day. We engaged Keith Wicks of Keith Wicks Associates, Minneapolis and Randy Miller of Cincinnati, both highly experienced in grocery market analysis and operations to help us create... Learn more
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The Renaissance Community Co-op opened its doors on October 14, 2016 after more than 18 years of community work to bring a grocery store back to Northeast Greensboro. The RCC alleviates the food desert status the community lived in since 1998, and will build an economic engine for future community-... Learn more
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The Renaissance Community Co-op (RCC) is a full service grocery store in a primarily African-American, low-resource community. Until the store opened in October 2016, this area of Northeast Greensboro was classified as a food desert for more than 18 years. The five year effort to open the co-op was... Learn more
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What we did right (and what we could have done better) Friendly City Food Co-op in Harrisonburg, Virginia opened in June of 2011, in a town that didn’t fit many of the target demographics for a natural/organic food co-op. We’ve been more successful than many would have predicted because we did many... Learn more
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