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Windsor Terrace Food Co-op October 24, 2019 - 9:06 pm EDT
Win an Apple Watch at CCMA July 11, 2016 - 1:44 am EDT

Willy Street: Locally Focused November 1, 2018 - 9:02 am EDT

Like any 40-year-old business, Willy Street Co-op has seen its fair share of changes. The co-op was started in 1974 by a buying group looking to source food that they couldn't find elsewhere, namely organic and natural. The venture paid off, and the co-op opened its third location in Madison, Wis., in August 2016. It also has grown to 34,500 members/owners.

Willy Street Co-op Turns a Profit After a $317,000 Loss July 25, 2016 - 9:30 pm EDT

The opening of a third location next month wasn’t the only big announcement touted at the Willy Street Co-op annual meeting last week.

Anya Firszt, the co-op’s general manager, told the crowd of about 5,000 at Central Park on Thursday that the co-op is out of the red and was profitable during the 2016 fiscal year that ended July 3.

Willy Street Co-op Triples Production Space at New Off-Site Kitchen November 16, 2010 - 7:46 pm EST

There is nothing like change to make a financially sound, managerially strong, three-decade-old business feel like a tyro. Just ask at Williamson Street Grocery Co-op in Madison, Wisconsin.

Willy Street Co-op (University Ave) February 18, 2015 - 2:33 am EST
Willy Street Co-op February 17, 2015 - 4:16 pm EST
Willy Street Co-op February 3, 2015 - 8:53 pm EST
Willmar Community-Owned Grocery February 17, 2015 - 4:16 pm EST
Willimantic Food Co-op February 17, 2015 - 4:16 pm EST
Willimantic Co-op Celebrates 37 Years November 1, 2018 - 8:47 am EDT

The Willimantic Food Co-op celebrated its birthday with 37 cakes, music, food samples, and discounts for members and non-members alike.

It was a celebration worthy of a grocery store that offers nothing but the best for the community by providing healthy foods, organic and conventional, and locally grown when possible. The Co-op is active in promoting local farms, city gardens and community affairs.

William E. Beaver October 19, 2010 - 3:54 pm EDT
Will You Burn Bright or Burn Out? December 20, 2010 - 5:05 pm EST

Suggestions for avoiding "fatigue brought about by devotion to a cause, a way of life, or a relationship that failed to produce the expected reward."

Neil Young's anthem on his "Live Rust" album was, "It's better to burn out than it is to rust." For many it was a call to burn bright and passionately rather than resign ourselves to a complacent life of dull routine. I wonder, though, if many department managers across the country haven't misread the message.

Will Work for Food? Co-op Programs End Amid Labor-law Fears April 14, 2016 - 10:00 am EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Food cooperative programs that allow members to scoop rice, sort organic vegetables and ring up sales in return for grocery discounts are fading fast amid a changing marketplace and fears of violating labor laws.

The member labor or volunteer programs are intertwined with the do-it-yourself idealism that launched a wave of co-ops in the '70s. But they have become rare. At Albany's Honest Weight Food Co-Op, an effort to drop its volunteer program has riled members, illustrating its cherished place in co-op culture.

Will Fantle October 19, 2010 - 3:54 pm EDT
Wild Root Market February 17, 2015 - 4:16 pm EST
Wild Oats Co-op February 17, 2015 - 4:16 pm EST
Wiki discussion November 2, 2015 - 9:38 pm EST

Re: the inquiry from Doug: Hi — this is a wiki page, but I don’t see a button to edit it. The only drop-down item on the “gear” menu (upper right) is “follow.” It isn’t a wiki if it can’t be edited, correct? So… I am confused.

Wiki - Patronage Dividends, Refunds, Rebate, Primer February 6, 2016 - 2:49 pm EST


Patronage dividends refers to the cooperative practice of distributing annual earnings to patrons of the cooperative.  This distribution normally is only to members of the co-op and reflects each member’s proportion of total member patronage.

Why Some Co-ops Fail November 1, 2017 - 8:38 pm EDT

Four years ago I undertook an analysis of startup co-ops that had already closed. At the time, there were 63 startup co-op storefronts in my sample dating to 2006, and only 12 or 19 percent of them had failed. What has happened over the last four years? Are we opening more successful stores? Are co-ops failing for the same or different reasons?