What is the Assabet Village Co-op Market?
We’re a community owned grocery store coming to Metro West Boston, sourcing fresh food from local farms and returning profits to the community. Our sales support local food producers and provide awesome community programs to you, our owners. As an owner, you and more than 1,000 residents across the region have a say in our products (wild game meat?, local goat cheese?, bulk teas?), programs (Indian food cooking class?, home brewing?), and governance (who sits on the board?). And while you don’t need to be an owner to shop here, owner discounts and end-of-year dividends make owning your store an easy choice. So, does the Co-op model work?
Across the country, food co-ops are thriving. While only 1 in 3 typical small businesses succeeds, 70% of food co-ops are still thriving after 5 years. Why? We build our customer base BEFORE we open our doors. And by partnering with local businesses, nonprofits, and community orgs, co-ops are building thriving local economies, from Belfast, Maine, to Davis, California.
What will our grocery store look like?
What products and programs will it offer? That’s up to you, our owners! Check out this great clip from the Putney Food Co-op in Vermont…