When will the store open?
Member equity will determine when the store opens. See our timeline built around member equity.
Where will the store be?
Our vision has always been a market in the Town Center district of West Chester. We are working with the BID, a professional location consultant, and local real estate professionals to identify the best site.
Do I have to work in the store if I join?
No, West Chester Cooperative does not require members to work. When the store opens, we will have member-owner work opportunities (not requirements) that will provide additional benefits.
What will my investment be used for?
Member-owner equity investments will be used to meet the capital needs of the business.
What will the store be like?
It will have on-site free parking and also be bike and pedestrian friendly. We plan to be open 7 days a week with convenient hours and a good selection of the products that you tell us that you want. We expect to have dry grocery, meat, produce, dairy, a prepared foods/deli section, and a café.
What kind of products will you carry in the store?
This question will be answered by our member-owners. Here is what we have heard from the community thus far: Local food seven days a week!!! Healthy prepared food from local ingredients!!! Fresh, organic, and sustainable at a fair price!!!
What about the Grower’s Market?
We LOVE our growers at the Market and believe the Co-op can help them gain better access to people who want local food. We hope all of the Grower’s Market farmers will become Co-op suppliers!
Is the co-op like a CSA?
No! Food Co-ops are grocery stores in which the community owns the equity. CSAs sell shares in the farm’s annual crop, not equity in the farm!
Is the West Chester Cooperative a 501(c)(3) non-profit?
No. We are a mission driven business and our purpose is to serve the community but we are not a 501(c)(3)….we pay taxes!