First Alternative was founded in 1970 by a group of 100 concerned citizens and Oregon State University students.
They were committed to offering education for people who wanted to adopt healthier lifestyles and who also wanted a source of high quality, nutritious foods at the lowest possible prices. The Co-op found its first home in a house on 4th Street in downtown Corvallis. After 4 years in the downtown location the Co-op moved to the current South Store location on SE 3rd Street. Prior to being the Co-op, the buildings on the property included a burger shack, an auto body shop, houses, and “The Stein Tavern.”
The Co-op continued to grow in members and in sales numbers.
In 2003, the North Store location was opened and in 2006 we were honored to receive Business of the Year and The Best Grocery Store in Corvallis awards.
In 2008 the Co-op celebrated the announcement of the expansion of the North Store location; the expansion opened in Spring 2009.
In 2010 the Co-op reached over 7,000 owners!
In January 2011, Cindee Lolik, from Albany, New York, was hired as our new General Manager. Cindee brought with her many years of co-op and natural foods experience.
In November 2014 we reached 10,000 owners!
We continue to strive to be a cooperative model, providing natural and organic food in community-oriented stores!