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?
If everyone waits for the store to open, we will never have a co-op. Membership sales provide critical funding for development work as well as the equity capital necessary to secure the loans from banks and other funding sources that will be necessary to complete and open the store. Membership is also a key indication of the future demand for the co-op’s products. Finally, 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 bonus benefits for being a founding member-owner of the co-op? If you become a member before our store opens in August, you, too, will receive the following extra benefits:
- An exclusive invitation to our Founder's Dinner the night before our Grand Opening Event
- 3% discount in-store for the first year
- A MoCo mug with complimentary brewed coffee for an entire year!
- Patronage after MoCo has been up and running for a full year (availability to be determined by the Board of Directors)
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. Thanks to all the generous donors who have contributed to our Assistance Fund, those who are not able to pay the full price of membership can still join the co-op. Read more about the Assistance Fund here on our membership page .
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.