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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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

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
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