Stuart Reid

Food Co-op Initiative
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Stuart Reid is the Executive Director of Food Co-op Initiative, a non-profit foundation providing technical assistance, information and resources to groups organizing new retail food co-ops across the United States. He served as the Food Co-op Development Specialist for Food Co-op 500 (the pilot project that grew into FCI) for three years. Stuart has an extensive background working with a variety of cooperative and investor-owned businesses. Most recently, he served as General Manager of Just Food: Northfield Community Co-op in Northfield, Minnesota where he had full operational responsibility for its opening and then led the store through its first two successful years. Prior to joining Just Food, Mr. Reid was General Manager of Seward Co-op, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Author's Articles

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East Aurora Community Market (East Aurora, N.Y.) and BisMan Community Food Co-op (Bismarck, N.D.) are startup co-ops to be proud of.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

Four years ago I undertook an analysis of startup co-ops that had already closed.

184 May-June 2016 June 2, 2016

Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) is thrilled to announce its long-awaited Capital Campaign Workbook. This new guide replaces and updates the material in our popular Member Loan Toolbox.

182 January-February 2016 February 5, 2016

Eleven new food co-ops have opened since we reported last year, and as always, it’s a diverse group.

179 July-August 2015 September 3, 2015

Six years ago, the Up and Coming, Up and Running (UCUR) conference debuted with the goal of providing training and networking opportunities for startups and new co-ops in the region.

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

The current wave of co-op openings is likely to bring as many as 60 new co-ops in the next five years. That means many new positions for general manager (GM) will be available.

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

Six years ago, the Up and Coming, Up and Running (UCUR) conference debuted with the goal of providing training and networking opportunities for startups and new co-ops in the region.

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

Ten years ago, something shifted.

177 March-April 2015 May 27, 2015
176 January-February 2015 February 12, 2015

In January of this year, NCBA CLUSA and SOL2 Economics jointly assembled a working group of U.S. cooperators to research and learn from the co-op movement in Cuba today. The Cuban Cooperative Working Group was formed with an initial membership of 13 cooperative leaders from many sectors of the U.S. movement.

175 November-December 2014 December 25, 2014

Jacqueline Hannah, former general manager of the Common Ground Food Co-op in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, brings her co-op expertise and passion to Food Co-op Initiative where she will share it with

December 17, 2014

This year’s new crop of food co-ops spans the country from Hawaii to the tip of Maine. Not surprisingly, there is as much diversity in the co-ops as in their geography. 

173 July - August 2014 August 25, 2014

Last June, cooperators from across the country gathered in Austin, Texas, to build a vision for future food co-op development in the U.S.

171 March-April 2014 March 25, 2014

Community organizing evokes a -variety of images and reactions.

170 January - February 2014 February 6, 2014

Please join all of us at Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) in welcoming Suzi Carter as our new director of programs and partnerships.

168 September-October 2013 October 14, 2013

Every year at CCMA, we recognize the milestones of co-op anniversaries.

167 July-August 2013 August 22, 2013

March 17, 2013, marks three years of Food Co-op Initiative (FCI), and we invite you to celebrate with us. What are we celebrating? 

Since we began our work,

165 March-April 2013 April 11, 2013

The mayor spoke at the co-op’s ribbon cutting, and it seemed like the whole town turned out to celebrate. The local paper wrote excitedly about the new grocery store. The future seemed bright. 

163 November-December 2012 December 4, 2012

Try to define "buying club." Is it a food co-op without a storefront? A stepping stone to a future retail store? A group effort to buy food as cheaply as possible?

160 May - June - 2012 June 4, 2012

Cultivating cooperation, by its nature, means working with many different groups.

155 July - August - 2011 August 28, 2011