Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted: Salt Lake Needs A Food Co-Op

By Staff

Join the Wasatch Co-op market now and help make it happen.

If you’ve lived in almost any U.S. college town, you’re probably familiar with natural foods co-ops– community-owned groceries that bring together local producers and consumers. But of the 147 registered storefront co-ops in the country, not one is located in Salt Lake City.

However, in the last two months, membership in the dream-stage Wasatch Cooperative Market, powered by an all-volunteer team, has grown to 543 founding member-owners.

They are now only 57 investors away from launching the site search. A one-time equity investment of $300 gets you a lifetime membership.

After nine years in the making, the excitement is mounting. This month, some Co-op volunteers will spend a weekend with the Boise Co-op board members and management to learn about the successes and unique challenges to running a cooperative grocery store in the Intermountain Region.

This article was originally published on May 2, 2018.