National Co+op Grocers Welcomes Two New Member Co-ops

Oct 04, 2016

Iowa City, IA — National Co+op Grocers (NCG) — the business services cooperative for retail food co-ops across the United States — today announced the addition of two new member co-ops.

Joining are Hampden Park Co-op (which was previously an associate member) in Saint Paul, Minn., and SLO Natural Foods Co-op in San Luis Obispo, Calif. NCG now comprises 151 affiliated co-ops operating more than 200 stores.

“Both co-ops have a rich history of supporting local food systems and serving the distinct needs of their surrounding communities,” said Robynn Shrader, Chief Executive Officer, NCG. “We are excited to add them to the NCG family as full members in support of a thriving cooperative economy nationwide.”

Hampden Park Co-op – St. Paul, MN

Hampden Park Co-op transitioned from a neighborhood grocer to a co-op in 1993. With 30 part-time and full-time staff members, the co-op features 2,030 members and last year realized sales of more than $2.5 million.

SLO Natural Foods Co-op – San Luis Obispo, California

SLO Natural Foods Co-op’s origins trace to the mid-1970s, when a handful of community member joined to form a bulk food buying club. Its first location: a member’s garage. The co-op, then named Questa Co-op, soon moved to a storefront and opened to the community. In 2013, it changed its named to SLO Natural Foods Co-op to reflect the town and county in which it is the only co-op grocer, and moved to a 3,500 sq. foot location. Today, SLO employs 25 part-time and full-time staff members, is owned by 1,050 members and last year earned $2 million in sales.

About NCG

National Co+op Grocers (NCG), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCG helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. Our 151 member and associate co-ops operate more than 200 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales of nearly $2 billion. NCG is a winner of the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence and a Certified B Corporation. Find a map of NCG member and associate co-ops. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.strongertogether.coop.

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