NCG Grows Co-op to 150; Welcomes New Members and Associate Co-op

Apr 19, 2016

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) – the business services cooperative for retail food co-ops across the United States – today announced the addition of three new member co-ops and one new associate co-op.

Two of the new member co-ops, Dill Pickle Food Co-op and Main Market Co-op, are existing associate co-ops converting to full membership. With the addition of full member Orcas Food Co-op and new associate Green Top Grocery Co-op, NCG now comprises 150 affiliated co-ops operating more than 200 stores.

“We’re excited to watch two of our associate co-ops transition to members, and are thrilled to welcome two more co-ops,” said Robynn Shrader, Chief Executive Officer, NCG. “The cooperative economy is thriving nationwide as more people discover all the benefits of their local food co-op.” 

New Member Co-ops

Dill Pickle Food Co-op
Dill Pickle Food Co-op opened in Chicago, IL in 2009, and in its first year achieved annual sales that were more than double the projections for the co-op’s fifth year in business. After consecutive years of double-digit growth, sales are now nearing $2 million, membership has grown to more than 1,700, and the co-op has signed a lease to relocate to a larger facility.

Main Market Co-op
An associate co-op since 2014, Main Market Co-op has actively taken advantage of NCG’s resources and services to better serve its 2,400 owners. The Spokane, WA co-op is now in its sixth year, with sales nearing $3 million.

Orcas Food Co-op
Orcas Food Co-op opened in 2014 in Eastsound, WA, just 12 months after its first community meetings about organizing a new co-op. The San Juan Islands-based co-op has since grown to more than 1,000 owners and $2.3 million in annual sales.

New Associate Co-op

Green Top Grocery Co-op
Green Top Grocery is a start-up co-op looking to open in Bloomington, IL. Since its founders began organizing in 2012, the co-op has been working with NCG’s Development Cooperative to open its first retail location in mid-2017. It has projected annual sales of $3.2 million in its first year.

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 150 member and associate co-ops operate more than 200 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales over $1.8 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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