The West Chester Food Co-op is working to build a member-owned (cooperative) full-service grocery store in West Chester. The store will provide daily access to fresh, healthy, local food, and will be walkable for those in the Borough and have parking for those who don’t.
Cooperatives are businesses formed not to return profits to investors but to serve the needs of their members. A cooperative offers our community the opportunity to build together something we all want.
The Food Co-op hired a consultant to produce an investment-grade projection of revenue for a store in our community; so we know it can work. Read more here.
Cooperatives start through community support: many small investments from as broad a base as possible assure that the business reflects the community. The Co-op is building that equity base right now.
The Food Co-op is more than a grocery store: its mission is to enhance the well-being of the people of West Chester by promoting healthy and mindful eating, improving access to sustainably produced food, helping those in need to secure quality food, advancing sustainable and humane agriculture, supporting local farms, and building community through cooperative enterprise.
The Co-op seeks to bring transparency and accountability to every step of the food production and distribution process from farm to table, providing confidence for educated consumer choice and food that the community can trust. Nutritious food is a gift to the health and well-being of an entire population.
As a member-owner, you also help set policies and decide what sorts of food are stocked, and you also receive a yearly rebate.
Member-owners make a one-time $400 investment (there is an installment plan and gift certificates are available). The Co-op is nearing its target to move into the next phase of development; your investment can put them over the top. See the timeline for project development here.