Frequently Asked Questions
How is a food co-op different from other grocery stores?
Unlike the larger food store chains, co-ops are 100% independently owned and operated and have a commitment to providing year-round access to healthy, locally-produced natural and organic foods. Co-ops are mission-driven rather than profit-driven. To learn more about the benefits of shopping locally and supporting your local economy, watch this short animation.
How long before MoCo opens?
A start-up co-op typically takes anywhere from 3-7 years from the idea to doors opening. Community members have been working hard to make MoCo a reality since 2011.
As of spring 2017, MoCo is projected to open in late summer 2017, thanks to our successful member-loan and Kickstarter campaigns!
Why should I join now?
Membership is a key indication of the future demand for the co-op’s products and provides capital needed to continue developing the store. By becoming a member today YOU will have a say in the development of YOUR co-op.
Need more incentive? Did you know you get community benefits for being a member-owner of the co-op?
- Patronage after MoCo has been up and running for a full year (availability to be determined by the Board of Directors)
- Numerous discounts on goods and services from local businesses
To read the full list of benefits for MoCo Member-Owners, visit our Member page!
How much does membership cost?
You can become a member by making a one-time investment of $200. We’re “building” the co-op from the ground-up, so we’re asking member- owners to pay, when billed, their full $200 equity share. Payment plans are also available for those who are unable to pay the full amount in one lump sum.
Do I have to be a member-owner to shop at the co-op?
No, all are welcome! Membership is completely voluntary and anyone is welcome to shop at the co-op, member or not!
How can I help to make this happen?
How will MoCo be able to compete with other area grocery stores?
MoCo will have different offerings than other area grocery stores--their emphasis is on price and variety. MoCo's inventory will emphasize locally produced products with the intended support of local producers and stimulation of the local economy. MoCo will emphasize naturally produced and organic products raised thoughtfully and carefully. Additionally, MoCo will offer educational opportunities that will allow for shoppers to make more informed and more healthful choices.