What is a Food Co-op?

What is a Co-op?

The overall goal of the cooperative movement is to create organizations that serve the needs of the people who use them. Cooperative businesses provide goods and services in a way that keeps community resources in the community. Most simply put, a cooperative is a business 1) voluntarily owned by the people who use it, and 2) operated for the benefit of its members.

Do you have to be an Owner to shop at Tidal Creek Co-op?

No. Everyone is welcome at the Co-op! Tidal Creek is community owned, with the purpose of meeting our Owner’s needs and nourishing our community, but everyone is welcome to shop at the Co-op and anyone can become an Owner.

Why shop at a Co-op?

Tidal Creek Co-op is unique. It’s a place to buy the groceries you need to nurture your family, while being part of creating a healthier future for our community and our planet. Tidal Creek provides the most complete shopping option for people in the Greater Wilmington community interested in pursuing a healthy lifestyle and conscious of where their dollars are being spent.

Beyond being a great place to buy groceries, Tidal Creek serves the community in many ways: education, outreach, community partnerships, supporting local charities and building community by providing a place for people to meet, connect, and share information and ideas.

Unlike conventional grocery stores, as a community owned Co-op, all of our surplus gets reinvested locally – in the Co-op, in the local community and gets refunded to the Owners. This is very different from most conventional “chain” grocery stores – owned by shareholders, existing for the sole purpose of making a profit to benefit investors only. At conventional grocery stores the surplus goes to the investors and does not stay local.

When you shop at Tidal Creek Co-op you can feel good about every purchase, because when you shop at a Food Co-op you make a difference! Co-op’s reinvest dollars in the local economy – for every $1 spent at Tidal Creek Co-op approximately 68% returns to the community through donations, taxes, payroll, Co-op profits and other expenditures. We support local farmers and vendors and specialize in healthy, all-natural, organic foods and products.

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