FAQs

The Nashville Food Co-op is a community-owned, full service, cooperative grocery store in the works of gaining the startup membership and collateral needed to open its doors.

What is a food co-op?

A food co-op is a grocery store that’s owned by the people who shop there. Member-owners get to decide what foods and products are stocked on the shelves, where those items are purchased and what quality standards both products and vendors have to meet.

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What are you — are you a small farm, CSA, community garden?

None of the above! We are a community grocery store working to bring local food options to Nashville year round.

What is a co-op?

A co-op is a business that is owned by its members. Those Member-Owners have a direct say in how the co-op operates. Additionally, many co-ops support other parts of the community through programs and philanthropic activities as part of their commitment to cooperative values and principles. This community approach to business is at the heart of the cooperative philosophy.

Who controls the co-op?

In our community grocery, members democratically control the direction of the business. Each member has equal ownership. As we grow, a member-elected board of directors will monitor the business, set goals, and hire management to operate their business. The board of directors is accountable to the members for its decisions.

When will you open?

In order to open our doors, we must reach 1,200 Member-Owners. The best thing you can do to ensure that we open as quickly as possible is invest in membership and spread the word to your friends to do the same.

Do you have to be a member to shop at the co-op?

No! When we open our doors, all will be welcome to shop at our store. Members, however, will receive discounts and other incentives.