Do I have to be a Member to shop at the Co-op?
No. Everyone is welcome to shop at the store.
Why should I join the Co-op?
Our member-owners help govern the Co-op by electing our Board of Directors annually (members must own at least 4 shares to vote), as well as contributing in other ways. Members are eligible to run for a seat on the Board. All members are eligible to receive a patronage refund; any profit realized by the store after expenses may be returned to members.Members also have the benefit of knowing they’re supporting a local business that in turn supports local farmers and producers, bolstering the regional economy. And as a non-profit entity, the Co-op exists to serve its members, not to make a profit for a large corporation.
What are the benefits of becoming a Member?
Members are supporting a locally owned and operated business, which helps keep dollars local!
Senior Member-owners SAVE 10% on monthly Senior Member Discount Days.Member-owners are eligible for Co-op Insurance discounts.
Member-owners are eligible for a patronage rebate.
Member-owners SAVE an average of 15% on full cases.
Member-owners SAVE 10% on Member Appreciation Days (offered throughout the year)
Member-owners SAVE 10% on their birthdays!
Member-owners SAVE 10% four times a year during Member Appreciation Weekends!
How does the Co-op store differ from other supermarkets and natural food stores?
The Mission of the Littleton Food Co-op includes supporting local food production, encouraging healthy life choices, and promoting environmental sustainability. While other markets focus primarily on the bottom line, the Co-op also works to enhance the local society and environment. Through our Partner of the Month program, the Co-op works with other local non-profit groups to raise funds and awareness for a variety of causes. The Co-op emphasizes fresh, local, organically grown foods, along with superior customer service from a knowledgeable staff. Because the Co-op is owned by our members, we provide what our members want, rather than what manufacturers want to sell.
A cooperative is a member-owned, member-controlled business that operates for the mutual benefit of all members. Co-ops operate under common cooperative principles, which include:
- Voluntary and open membership
- Democratic member control
- Member economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training and information
- Concern for community
- Cooperation among cooperatives
How do I become a member?
You may purchase member shares by visiting our Membership page. Shares cost $25 each. At least four shares are required to vote on Co-op business. All members and subscribers (those with fewer than 4 shares) are eligible for patronage refund.