Anyone can shop at the Co-op, and everyone is welcome to join. Your equity payments are an investment in your Co-op and are used as capital, assisting with store operations and improvements.
Becoming an Owner of a cooperative means, among other things, that you are making an investment in the Co-op, essentially becoming one of the owners of the business. At Willy Street Co-op, we call this investment your Fair Share and is defined as Ownership of Willy Street Co-op (with voting privileges). It is not a membership fee and it is used to support the cooperative. Benefits of Ownership begin after your first equity payment, regardless of which payment plan you choose, in full or by installments.
After you've made your first Fair Share payment, you can pick up your Owner card at the Customer Service desk. Please be prepared to show your card or tell the cashier your Ownership number every time you shop.
Your Ownership will last as long as you want it to. If you leave you may withdraw your Fair Share from the Co-op and your original equity investment will be returned to you, minus any administrative fees paid. Contact a Customer Service representative to begin the refund process.
Remember: equity-paying members (Owners) collectively own the Willy Street Grocery Cooperative!