Member equity will determine when the store opens. We need at least 1,000 members to open the store. See our timeline, built around member equity.
Our vision has always been a market in the Town Center district of West Chester. We are working with the BID, a professional location consultant, and local real estate professionals to identify the best site.
No, West Chester Food Co-op does not require members to work. When the store opens, we will have member-owner work opportunities (not requirements) that will provide additional benefits.
Member-owner equity investments will be used to meet the capital needs of the business.
It will have on-site free parking and also be bike and pedestrian friendly. We plan to be open 7 days a week with convenient hours and a good selection of the products that you tell us that you want. We expect to have dry grocery, meat, produce, dairy, a prepared foods/deli section, and a café.
This question will be answered by our member-owners. Here is what we have heard from the community thus far: Local food seven days a week!!! Healthy prepared food from local ingredients!!! Fresh, organic, and sustainable at a fair price!!!
We LOVE our growers at the Market and believe the Co-op can help them gain better access to people who want local food. We hope all of the Grower’s Market farmers will become Co-op suppliers!
NO! Food Co-ops are grocery stores in which the community owns the equity. CSAs sell shares in the farm’s annual crop, not equity in the farm!
No. We are a mission driven business and our purpose is to serve the community but we are not a 501(c)(3)….we pay taxes!