Fredericksburg Food Cooperative admitted into national organization
The Fredericksburg Food Cooperative, which plans to open a member-owned grocery store next year in Fredericksburg’s Lee Plaza shopping center, has been admitted into a national business services cooperative for retail food co-ops.
National Co+op Grocers (NCG) recently announced that it has welcomed the Fredericksburg Food Co-op and Urban Greens Food Co-op in Providence, R.I., as new members.
“Communities are stronger when they have access to fresh, healthy food delivered by independent, community-owned food co-ops,” said NCG CEO C.E. Pugh. “NCG is excited to welcome these new start-up co-ops to our membership and to support their growth as well as the growth of the food co-op business model.”
NCG helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers. This means lower wholesale pricing, access to training, marketing and many other grocery-related services, in addition to the opportunity to connect more fully with and learn from the most successful food co-ops in the nation.
“Through our membership in NCG, we will be able to offer more value to our members, our shoppers and our community,” said Fredericksburg Food Co-op Board Member Rich Larochelle.
The Fredericksburg Food Co-op currently has 1,220 members and has been growing at about a member a day. The Co-op is currently looking for an experienced general manager to run the new store.