A co-op or cooperative is a business voluntarily owned and controlled by the people who use it - its owners. In cooperatives, people work together for their shared economic benefit. Cooperative enterprises help address market failure, overcome historic barriers to development, and promote community growth. By adding the Allendale Corner Store Co-op into the community, we hope to strengthen community through local healthy food, local creations, and community ownership.

Co-op Principles

  • Self-help
  • Self-responsibility
  • Democracy
  • Equality
  • Equity
  • Solidarity
  • Honesty
  • Openness
  • Social responsibility
  • Caring for others

Co-op Values

  • Voluntary and open membership
  • Democratic member control
  • Member economic participation
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Education, training, and information
  • Cooperation among Co-Operatives
  • Concern for community

    Neighborhood co-ops have many benefits for the community including convenient shopping for the elderly, access to affordable healthy foods, and opportunities to support local farmers and food producers. We believe that the Allendale Corner Store Co-op will help boost the local economy and keep the profits in our growing community. But without member-owner support, we cannot make this happen. Learn how you can become a member here!

How Can I Join the Co-Op?