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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When Food Co-op 500 was founded in late 2004, it took its name from Marilyn Scholl's challenge to the co-op community to build our sector to 500 storefronts within the next 10 years.

154 May - June - 2011 April 25, 2011

Six years ago, Food Co-op 500 started with a ­volunteer task force and no staff.

152 January - February - 2011 February 3, 2011

Pioneer Market opened on Oct. 5 after five years of organizing.

152 January - February - 2011 February 3, 2011

St. Peter Food Co-op in Minnesota ­reincorporated under Minn. 308b ­statutes, one of the first state limited cooperative associations (LCA) options, in 2007.

151 November - December 2010 December 8, 2010

How do you start a new retail food co-op? Can you give me a checklist and a budget? I’ll take it from there!

149 July - August - 2010* October 15, 2010

Five years of hard work and a million dollars in owner investment have resulted in the store the community dreamed of.

150 September - October 2010 October 5, 2010

Once a year or so, I have been writing about the work of Food Co-op 500 and the newly forming co-ops that we support.

147 March - April - 2010 March 22, 2010

John Curl has documented a part of America’s cooperative history that few of us are aware of.

146 January - February - 2010 December 31, 2009

Imagine yourself opening a new grocery store. You and your family and a couple of close friends have double-mortgaged your homes and the dream of owning your own store is about to happen.

144 September - October - 2009 September 22, 2009

At 7:00 p.m. on December 15, Just Food opened its doors for the first time to a waiting crowd.

117 March - April - 2005 January 21, 2009
139 November - December - 2008 December 27, 2008