The Bay City Cooperative Market is a nonprofit consumer cooperative organized under Michigan law. Its mission is to operate a cooperative grocery business which provides its members and the public with food, goods, and services with consideration of source, quality, and price; enhance the quality of life of its members and community; and to engage in, support, and undertake any related activities.
Modern co-op stores are professionally run. They accept credit and debit cards, just like other retailers, and we expect to accept SNAP/EBT and WIC payments, as well.
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Before we proceed, though, we plan to have an experienced consultant conduct a market feasibility study. It will analyze potential sites and tell us how much money we’ll need to start and how much income we can expect, giving us a solid business plan as a foundation.
As part of our mission, we will carry as many goods as possible that were produced in the Saginaw Valley region, both to do our part to bolster the local economy and to hold down the impact on the environment. We’ll also carry foods with minimal processing and without artificial additives, non-GMO foods, vegan foods, organically grown foods, and products from other cooperatives across the nation and fair trade producers around the world.
As a member, you’re actually an owner of the co-op. You vote to elect the board of directors, its governing body, and you can run for a seat on the board. You can also participate in co-op decisions and committees. You have a true voice in how the co-op is run, because you own it.
When the store opens, you’ll have access to member specials and discounts, as well as dividends in profitable years (based on how much you spend at the store). Discounts are yet to be determined for the Bay City co-op, but food co-ops typically offer a discount on one transaction each month for members. Members at co-ops often can order cases of products at a substantial savings. Co-ops often hold classes (such as cooking and canning lessons) and other activities, all offered at discounts to members.
And you’ll get a warm, fuzzy feeling from knowing that you’re taking a stand to put more of your money back into the local economy, supporting small local farms and other producers, as well as bringing local, organic and natural foods to yourself and your neighbors.
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P.O. Box 32, Bay City, MI 48707
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