Q: What is the Richmond Food Co-op?
A: The Richmond Food Co-op will be a full-service grocery store, with a priority on affordable local, organic, and sustainable food. As a cooperative, it will be member-owned, but it will also be open for shopping to the public. Co-ops operate democratically, so as member/owners are able to vote for the board and have regular opportunities to provide input and feedback.
Q: When will it open and where will it be?
A: The Richmond Food Co-io will open in Richmond City (likely in Scott's Addition). Our goal is to open in the spring of 2014, although our timeline will be determined by our member equity. The more people join today the sooner we open our doors.
Q: What kinds of things does the Co-op carry?
A: The Co-op will offer produce and products that are as local, as seasonal, and as organic as possible. We will be a full-service grocery store, carrying a range of fresh food, dry goods, beverages and household products. As a one-stop shop, it will serve all of your food and household needs throughout the year.
Q: Can anyone shop at the Co-op?
A: Yes, the Co-op will be open to the public for shopping. Member/Owners will receive discounted prices and will share in the store's profits, but anyone is welcome to shop.
Q: Is a food co-op a new concept?
A: Cooperatives have a rich history, both nationally and internationally. We can find food co-ops in cities bigger and smaller than Richmond, such as Harrisonburg, VA, and New York, NY. They are all over the United States, and we can certainly have one here.
Q: What are the benefits of becoming a member?
A: Membership equals ownership. As a member, you have a voice in how the Co-op operates, and participate in a truly community-centric enterprise. You also receive a discount on your purchases, and the profits at the end of the year return to the member/owners. By joining the Co-op you put economic democracy in action.
Q: Why should I join now instead of waiting until the store is open for shopping?
A: Co-op ownership means putting your dollars where your values are: the cooperative system, healthy communities and supporting local farms and businesses. Co-ops – and their money – are owned and controlled by their member/owners, therefore members provide the basic capital to start the Co-op. Putting off joining the Co-op means that it takes longer for us to open our doors. By becoming a pioneering member/owner and joining today, you enable us to open sooner. It starts with you!
Q: How much does it cost to join?
A: Member equity is $125 per adult in a household. There is also a non-refundable $25 joining fee per household.
Q: What if I can’t afford the membership fee?
A: The Co-op offers a discounted membership for those who qualify. There is also an installment plan for those who cannot make the payment in full at one time.
Q: I am ready to sign up! What do I have to do?
A: Register online at: http://richmondfoodcoop.com/member-registration/.
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