A group of people have been meeting for the past year to bring a full-service grocery store cooperative to central Grand Rapids. Many people have been wanting more food options near downtown and we hope to fulfill this very real need. You can follow our work on Facebook at facebook.com/GRFCI. We are conducting a short survey over the next few weeks to get your input to help us decide how much a membership share will cost.

Food cooperatives are grocery stores that rely on member-owners to buy a lifetime share to become member-owners. Although anyone is welcome to shop at our food coop, food coops are owned by their member-owners.
 
Your benefits as a member-owner:
  • Helping to establish a full-service grocery store in the heart of Grand Rapids
  • Having a voice and vote in our cooperative, democratic business model
  • Participating in educational opportunities
  • Enjoying new community space for programming and socializing
  • Helping our local economy and local agriculture and keeping our profits local
  • Taking advantage of member-owner discounts
  • Counting on staff members to research products
With your share and those of others, we will have the capital to:
  • Grow the member-ownership (60 member-owners – start site search)
  • Elect a governing board (100 member-owners)
  • Hire a Project Manager (320 member-owners)
  • Secure a location  (1000 member-owners – site contract signed with conditions)
  • Secure financing, including member-owner loans, grants, and bank loans
  • Hire a General Manager and other staff
  • Open our coop grocery store! (1200 member-owners)

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* 1. Considering these benefits, what value would you give a lifetime member-ownership share? (in dollars)

Please answer the following questions too.

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* 2. What ethnicity do you identify yourself with (You can pick more than one)

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* 3. What is your zip code?

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* 4. What is your annual family income?

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* 5. What interests you about a food coop (Check all that apply)

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* 6. How would you like to get involved with the effort to grow the food coop? Check all that apply.

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* 7. We'll need your name and email to get you involved.

Thank you for participating in our survey. Keep checking our Facebook page to keep up with the latest developments. Click here to return to our Facebook page.

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