NCGA Welcomes Friendly City Food Co-op in Virginia

May 25, 2011

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative serving 120 consumer-owned food co-ops nationwide, today welcomes Friendly City Food Co-op as its newest member.

Friendly City Food Co-op is a consumer-owned grocer located in downtown Harrisonburg, Va. Opening in July, the co-op integrates local and sustainable food systems, cooperative business values and environmental stewardship into a lively community marketplace.

Area residents committed to sourcing healthy foods, quality goods, and local products have been developing the Friendly City Food Co-op for nearly six years. The 4,000 square foot co-op currently has 1,200 members, a number expected to grow in the weeks and months ahead. Steve Cooke joins the co-op team as general manager after having served in the same capacity at Atlanta-based Sevananda Natural Foods Market, one of the Southeast’s largest food co-ops.

“We're thrilled to become a member of the National Cooperative Grocers Association,” said Cooke. “As members of NCGA we will have access to national support, tools, data and better prices for our member-owners and other shoppers in our community.”

“Co-ops born out of community demand for local, organic and healthy foods – like Friendly City Food Co-op – not only provide shoppers with delicious food but also help influence the way we eat and produce food in this country,” said Robynn Shrader, CEO for NCGA. “We’re pleased to have Friendly City join our virtual chain of food co-ops.”