What is a co+op?

A cooperative business is democratically owned and operated — meaning that our members are our owners! Unlike a corporation, a cooperative's primary goal is not just turning a profit. We have a "triple bottom line":

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The Seven Cooperative Principles

Way back in 1895, the National Cooperative Alliance was formed to unify co-ops across the world and advance the co-op model. In 1995, the Alliance adopted the revised Statement on the Cooperative Identity which contains the definition of a co-op, the co-op values and the seven cooperative principles outlined below:

Principle #1:

Voluntary and Open Membership - Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

Principle #2:

Democratic Member Control - Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.

Principle #3:

Member's Economic Participation - Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.

Principle #4:

Autonomy and Independence - Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.  

Principle #5:

Education, Training, and Information - Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.

Principle #6:

Cooperation Among Cooperatives - Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

Principle #7:

Concern for Community - While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.


Cooperative Values

All cooperatives are based on the following values: self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of the founders of the National Cooperative Alliance, we believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.


Co+op Owner Benefits

On Monday, January 1, 2018, we updated our Co+op Owner Benefits to better suit the shopping styles of our owners and to offer better discounts and deals. The new benefits outlined below replaced the old owner benefits package at the Co-op. We hope that these benefits make ownership better for our current owners and make ownership more enticing for our yet-to-be Owners.

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Save 10% Once a Month

Choose the day that works best for you to get your 10% off savings day!

With our new Choose-Your-Own Owner Appreciation Day, you get to choose the shopping day that's best for you and save 10% on all regular-priced merchandise. This discount cannot be stacked with other discounts, used on sale- or clearance-priced goods, or on Co+op Basics.

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Special Orders, Everyday

Double your savings on case pack special orders!

Owners save 10% on every bulk quantity special order, every single day! Stock up on essentials that you use all the time like toothpaste, canned foods, pasta, frozen veggies, tissue and more! Plus you won't have to wait for an Owner Appreciation Day for maximum savings. When you purchase in case packs, every day is a discount day!

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at Owner Sign-up

As a welcome gift, all new owners will receive 10% off their purchase on the day they sign-up!

Mountain View Market Co+op stays strong because of the support of our shoppers, but more importantly, because fo the support of our owners. All new co-op owners get 10% off your total purchase right then and there. It's like an extra Owner Appreciation Day!

Owner Extras

Our Owner Extras are sales on some of our most popular item and on exciting new products. These sales last for the entire calendar quarter so you can plan on saving big with these awesome deals for three months at a time. Our Owner Extras feature staples and seasonal sales, so expect to see savings on things like sunblock and BBQ essentials in the summer; teas, soups and other cold-weather staples in the winter.

In addition to these benefits, owners also receive:

Voting Rights

Our co-op is a democratically run business. Each owner has the right to vote for the Board of Directors in our annual elections. Owners may also run for the Board of Directors.

Free or Discounted Classes

Co-op owners receive either free class admission or 20% off the cost of classes in our Community Room. Additionally, owners get a discount when booking our Community Room. Host your next class, meeting or group at the Co-op for the owner's price of just $7.00 per session.

Local Business Ownership

Every owner of the Co-op that has paid their complete $200 in equity payments is a lifetime owner and a full share owner of a local business!

Are you interested in joining over 3,100 members in your community in Co+op ownership?

Joining is easy! Sign-up online or at any register on your next shopping trip to the Co+op.