NCGA Welcomes New Member and Associate Co-ops

May 07, 2014

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops across the United States, today announced the addition of three new members and three new associate co-ops. NCGA also announced that three existing associate co-ops will become members, bringing the association to 142 food co-ops across 38 states and with combined annual sales of more than $1.6 billion.

“We’re delighted to welcome our new member and associate co-ops and the communities they serve,” said C.E. Pugh, chief operating officer for NCGA. “The management and staff of these co-ops have done a fantastic job of growing their businesses and we’re excited for their participation with NCGA. Our association is enhanced as they join other food co-ops across the country to provide healthier food, better services, and stronger communities.”

New Member Co-ops

Durham Central Market – Durham, NC

Founded in 2008, Durham Central Market is a start-up with nearly 1,300 members. The co-op's first store, which is currently under construction, will be located in downtown Durham and will include approx. 8,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The store is expected to open in early 2015.

Grass Roots Co-op – Anoka, MN

Anoka has had a food co-op for more than 30 years; Grass Roots Co-op is its third embodiment. The co-op’s predecessor, Anoka Co-op, was acquired by Lakewinds Natural Foods before separating and re-opening as Grass Roots Co-op in 2010. Today, the co-op has nearly 1,000 owners and offers a small, full-line natural foods grocery including a deli and bakery.

Newark Natural Foods Co-op – Newark, DE

Newark Natural Foods Co-op was founded as a food buying club in 1967 and incorporated in 1975. Today, the co-op serves over 3,400 active owners and has annual sales of more than $5 million. The co-op's plans to relocate its store in fall 2014 will double its current retail space and allow for expanded product offerings.

Great Basin Community Food Co-op – Reno, NV

Great Basin Community Food Co-op was founded in 2005 and operated out of a 500 sq. ft. space until relocating in February 2012Today, the co-op has 5,500 active owners and operates a full-service market with an emphasis on natural, local and organic foods. Great Basin Community Food Co-op first joined NCGA as an associate co-op in February 2013.

Natural Harvest Food Co-op – Virginia, MN

Natural Harvest Food Co-op started as a buying club in 1976 and has been operating a retail store since 1979. The co-op offers a full line of natural and organically grown foods and serves 1,400 active owners. Natural Harvest Food Co-op first joined NCGA as an associate co-op in February 2013.

The Co-op Natural Foods – Sioux Falls, SD

The Co-op Natural Foods store was founded in 1973 and has been on a path of steady growth since joining NCGA as an associate co-op in February 2011. Following a devastating fire that forced the store to temporarily close in early 2014, the co-op's staff and community responded to re-open the co-op in a temporary location in March. The Co-op Natural Foods currently serves 1,400 active owners.

New Associate Co-ops

Dubuque Food Co-op – Dubuque, IA

Dubuque Food Co-op is a start-up and Dubuque's first member-owned natural, organic and local food store. The co-op currently has over 1,500 owners and just opened its first storefront as part of a multiple-use development in May 2014.

Main Market Co-op – Spokane, WA

Main Market Co-op is a start-up co-op opened in 2010. Located in a LEED Gold certified building refurbished from its prior life as a Goodyear Tire store, the co-op's mission is to contribute to a healthier & more resilient Inland Northwest, one bite at a time. The co-op serves nearly 1,500 active owners and has annual sales of nearly $2.8 million.

Natural Abundance Food Co-op – Aberdeen, SD

Natural Abundance Food Co-op has been in business for over thirty years and serves a small, rural community.  Started as a buying club, the co-op is in its fourth location, with plans to relocate in June 2014. The co-op serves nearly 1,200 active owners.