The Village Co-op Market of Williamsville started as an idea in April, 2017. A lot has been accomplished since then. We've incorporated, established a Board, completed our feasibility study, formed committees, held our first official election and so much more! The founders envisioned a cooperatively owned food store that supports local growers & producers and supports a sustainable, thriving local economy.
- ABOUT US -
A food co-op is a collectively-owned grocery store. In order to become a member-owner, an individual pays a small amount to purchase a share. Anyone can shop in the store, but only member-owners receive discounted prices. A food co-op focuses on healthy food choices. Its common values are group management and decision making, social responsibility, and equality.
The Village Co-op Market of Williamsville is a member owned and operated food market that strives to promote healthy living. We provide quality products which are mostly sourced from local farmers and food producers. Educating ourselves and others on the benefits of health and nutrition, attentive customer service, and giving back through charitable efforts are values we respect deeply. Our goals include being thoughtful stewards of the environment, a socially responsible business, and a good neighbor. We believe in the principles of teamwork and a democratic process that inspires fairness, trust, and cooperation. We encourage customers to become members to help achieve our mission.
THE COOPERATIVE PRINCIPLES
Voluntary and open membership—Everyone is welcome to become a member-owner.
Democratic member control—One member, one vote.
Member economic participation—Your shares are an investment in the co-op.
Autonomy and independence—We are owned by members and operate for member benefit.
Education, training, and information—Education opportunities for staff, member-owners, and community.
Cooperation among cooperatives—Open communication with other co-ops.
Concern for the community—Our co-op will provide charitable donations and share information that will benefit the well-being of our community.
CO-OP VS GROCERY STORE
What is the difference between a Food Cooperative and a Grocery Store? Check out this 4 minute video for more information!