"The time is ripe for a cooperative market in East Aurora"

Read on to learn how you can help bring it to fruition!

You Can Help Us Grow!

Current Member-Owners, it’s no secret that one of the best ways to learn about something is through word of mouth. For example, when a friend or family member goes to a great new restaurant, they’re going to tell you about it, from the service to the delicious food to the cost.

Using the same word-of-mouth concept, the East Aurora Cooperative Market is asking current member-owners to help us build awareness, and member-ownership, through word of mouth; in particular, by hosting a small get-together for family and friends. Learn more…

Capital Campaign

Our “The Time Is Ripe” Capital Campaign is underway. It’s your opportunity to fund the development of the store that’s being built by you and your neighbors to serve the needs of you, your families, and your community.
What does it all mean? Over the next several weeks, the Co-op will be raising $875,000 through loans from member-owners and the sale of Preferred Shares. It’s a lot of money. With that money, we’ll be proving our viability and base of support to other lenders, and ultimately using it to build walls, buy fixtures and equipment, and eventually pay staff to open up our store. Here’s how it works….

Process and Timeline

The time it takes to open a new co-op is anywhere from 3 – 5 years (sometimes a bit longer) and  is dependent on many factors: how quickly we build our membership, secure a permanent location and financing, and hire a talented General Manager. All of these key pieces must be in place to open the co-op and, as you can imagine, we encounter both triumphs and challenges along the way which affect the overall timing of the project. Read on…