NCG Welcomes Three Members
Saint Paul, MN – National Co+op Grocers (NCG) – the business services cooperative for retail food co-ops nationwide —announces its board has approved three members, SHARE Cooperative, Potsdam Consumer Co-op and South Philly Food Co-op.
The additions expand NCG to 151 member co-ops operating more than 200 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales of nearly $2.4 billion. The newest co-ops are:
SHARE Cooperative - Harvest Market (Winston-Salem, NC)
SHARE Co-op began in the spring of 2015 as a faith-based response to increase access to healthy food for low-income residents of the Winston-Salem community. SHARE’s motto is “Supplying Honest And Respectful Engagement” and the co-op’s principle goal is to provide service and assistance to its entire community, while promoting inclusivity. The co-op was incorporated in 2018 and is planning to open a grocery store, which will be called Harvest Market, in October 2022.
Potsdam Consumer Co-op (Potsdam, NY)
Potsdam Co-op has come a long way since its beginning as a buying club in 1972. After opening its first retail store in 1973, Potsdam Consumer Co-op has been dedicated to meeting its community’s needs for specialty and whole foods for nearly 50 years. The co-op is proud to offer local foods from more than 75 vendors and is currently working on a campaign to expand and continue to meet the needs of its 1,100+ member-owners.
South Philly Food Co-op (Philadelphia, PA)
South Philly Food Co-op first began organizing in April 2010 and opened its store in December 2020. The co-op’s mission is to “use food as a force for good - at our tables, in our community and for our planet.” The co-op offers fresh, local foods at fair prices and serves as a hub for the South Philly community.
“We’re excited to have these three co-ops join NCG, as they proudly represent key moments in the retail food co-op movement in the United States,” said C.E. Pugh, NCG CEO. “Potsdam Consumer Co-op has endeavored for half a century, born out of desire to access natural and organic foods, while SHARE Co-op and South Philly Food Co-op are more recent, created by community-minded residents to support their cherished neighborhoods. We welcome these co-ops to NCG and look forward to continued collaboration.”
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 co-ops operate more than 200 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales of nearly $2.4 billion. NCG is a winner of the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence and a certified B Corp. Find map of NCG member co-ops. To learn more about co-ops, visit grocery.coop.
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