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Grand Rapids Food Co-op Initiative

Neighborhood: City of Grand Rapids
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Our Vision

To see a thriving, resilient local culture, powered by cooperation and realized through equitable access to healthy food.

Our Mission

To build a cooperative grocery store that responds to the needs of our community, contributes to a sustainable local food web, promotes cooperative values, and serves as a long-term investment in our local economy.

‚ÄčOur Aims

  • Connecting our community to our awesome local food and wellness resources in a central location where food access has been limited.
  • Growing an inclusive and welcoming cooperative community to form a mutually sustaining relationship to the grocery store.
  • Providing jobs that are meaningful and offer advancement and a living wage.
  • Empowering our community by creating accessible paths to store ownership and actively seeking owners to represent the diversity of our community.
  • Promoting cooperative values by operating the business through cooperative principles including democracy, transparency, and equity, as well as a commitment to regenerative environmental practices and radical inclusivity.

Our Timeline

  • A development team and engaged community (2015-present).
  • A feasibility study of a 10,000 sf store in central GR (2016).
  • Expanding ownership (ongoing).
  • Store location, investment opportunities, other funding secured (as we reach 1000 owners).
  • Hiring GM and staff, store build out, growing to 1500 owners.
  • GRAND OPENING!

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