WE ALREADY HAVE MANY GROCERY STORES IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER?
The co-op won't be your typical grocery store...
A co-op, unlike a traditional chain stores, is owned and operated by and for it’s members. The money you spend stays local and you have a say in how things operate. Our goal is to source as much of our products close-to-home as possible, strengthening our communities economy. Co-op’s put people over profit and run on a strong value system. We strive for the highest standards in ethical and sustainable efforts. As a member-owner you have a say in what we provide, how we operate, and input in improvements and growth. Plus, any extra profit left over at the end of the year is returned to our owners as patronage while keeping buying decisions weighted towards local food producers. Your money stays in the Elk River Area Community!
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
This all depends on what our members want. If the community decides they want a full scale grocery store, that's what they'll get. Our dream is to have a one-stop-shop for all your health and wellness needs. This includes, but is not limited to, a packed deli with locally sourced meats, a vibrant selection of clean produce, aisles filled with healthy canned and boxed goods, a well stocked bulk section and if we're lucky a bottle shop carrying the regions best spirits and beers.
Not only will we have what you're looking for in regards to healthy products, but we are committed to recruiting a knowledgable, welcoming, inclusive staff. A team that not only will great you with a smile and hello, but will take the time to answer all your questions and help you find what you're looking for.
And if that isn't enough to drool over... there's more.
We won't be just another grocery store, rather we aim to create a community space that emanates health and sustainability. It's apart of our guiding principles and the heart of why we're creating the co-op in the first place. We are dedicated to providing an atmosphere of health education and awareness and plan on holding classes. Whether it's a cooking class, how to ferment your own kombucha, tips and tricks for shopping on a budget or a fun kids craft night - we want this to be a gathering space for neighbors and friends.
SO... DO YOU HAVE A $100 TO SPARE?
$100.00. That's all it costs. There are no hidden fees or annual renewals. You invest your share and become an owner in the Elk River Area legacy. An old farm community going back to it's roots - neighborhood support, local agriculture and a brighter future for those who follow.