Become a Co-op Owner

An Owner share costs $70 and is fully refundable.
Payment plans available • Receive a free welcome bag!

Buy Your Owner Share Online!

Benefits of Ownership at First Alternative

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SAVE

Get 10% off your purchases one day per month (excluding sale items).

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EARN

Owners may receive a patronage dividend in years the Co-op is profitable. The more you spend, the more you earn!

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SUPPORT

Invest in a locally-owned business that supports local farmers and producers, fair trade practices, sustainability, and community.

Ballot saying "Your Voice, Vote"

VOTE

Each Owner has an equal voice. Vote for or serve on our Board of Directors and vote for annual donation recipients.

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CONNECT

Enjoy access to Co-op Community events for Owners and build a sense of community.

Frequently Asked Questions

A food Co-op is a grocery store that follows a special set of guiding principles and values that you may not see at a traditional grocery store. Co-ops are democratically-controlled businesses owned by their shoppers. Rather than being focused on profits, they exist to serve their owners and the community. First Alternative has more than 12,000 Owners who help elect our Board of Directors and help shape the future of the Co-op.

Food cooperatives also have a specific focus on providing their communities with high-quality, local, socially-responsible, organic and sustainably produced food. We follow a set of Product Selection Guidelines to ensure all the products in our store meet our standards. Our connection with our local farmers and businesses is something that we prioritize and value deeply as a way to help strengthen our local food system.

Check out this informative video “What is a Co-op?”

No! While there are some great perks to being an Owner, you do not have to be one to shop at the Co-op. Everyone is welcome!

SAVE: Get 10% off your purchases one day per month.*

EARN: Owners may receive a patronage dividend in years the Co-op is profitable. The more you spend, the more you earn!

SUPPORT: Invest in a locally-owned business that supports local farmers and producers, fair trade practices, sustainability, and community.

VOTE: Each Owner has an equal voice. Vote for or serve on our Board of Directors and vote for annual donation recipients.

CONNECT: Enjoy access to Co-op Community events for Owners and build a sense of community.

*Excludes sales items

An Owner share costs $70. It is fully refundable, there’s no annual fee, and payment plans are available. New and existing Owners may also choose to add additional equity at any time up to $300 total.

If you purchase an Owner share, you can add household members onto your Owner share account. This will allow them to make purchases under your Owner account and access your Owner Sale Day. However, only the individual whose name is on the Owner share may vote in elections.If multiple people in a household want to become Owners, they are welcome to do so. Each Owner share account will get its own Owner Sale Day and vote.

Sign up online or visit Customer Service at either Co-op location.

Owner shares are fully refundable at any time. If you move away or decide you don’t want to be an Owner anymore, please contact us directly and we can help you through that process.