As a member-owner, you:
Future member-owners will be a huge part in co-op decisions through their vote and voice.
Lacks community focus, closed decision making
Socially conscious, builds community, transparent
The types of products carried at the co-op will be at the discretion of the member-owners, board, and store management.
One of the best parts of being a member-owner of a co-op is that the co-op can carry any products that member-owners want and support. Member-owners show their support for a product through their purchases at the co-op, feedback to the general manager, and voting power to elect the board of directors.
In general, co-ops stock a lot more local, natural, organic, and bulk foods.
The market study done in 2019 suggested the Butte Food Co-op offer clean-conventional, natural, clearly labeled, local food choices given Butte's population
Opening up the doors of the Butte Food Co-Op depends on a number of factors and the co-op's ability to meet key milestones. These factors include:
The Butte Food Co-op will be open to anyone and everyone to shop.
You do not have to be a member to shop there... but member-owners receive special benefits and are able to vote on the store's future direction.
Typically location is not secured until stage 2 of co-op development (after initial member-owners sign up, a critical mass of member-owners is reached, capital is raised, and a board is elected), so we still have quite a bit of work to do!
There are some general locations that we are currently vetting while we keep an eye out for new sites that may become available.
We do know that we need adequate parking, easy access and egress, and something close to or on the main roads that run through town.
We understand that people feel very strongly about store location. A co-op must rely on carefully collected data, research, and due diligence in making that decision. We want this co-op's doors to remain open for a long, long time just like you.
There are a lot of factors to consider such as traffic patterns, parking spaces, ease of access and egress, store size, and making decisions like remodel vs. build new, or buy vs. lease.
A sources and uses document (along with data from our feasibility study) helps us figure out how much money we'll make in. prospective areas and how much we will to spend to open doors and sustain business.
Typically, location is not selected until stage 2 of the co-op development process after the co-op has started soliciting memberships, a board is elected, and some capital has been raised. These predecessors are critical in helping drive the co-op's future location.