At more than 800 members strong, the Oshkosh Food Co-op is ready to begin the steps towards selecting a physical site for the grocery store.
The group is seeking a site in Oshkosh’s central city that combines adequate space, visibility, and parking. They are looking for more than 7000 square feet for the grocery and operations.
According to co-op leadership team member Brenda Haines, finding the right location is essential. “Our focus is on finding the right location. In some communities around the country, this process has taken six months. In others, it has taken much longer. While we hope everything will fall into place quickly, we will take the time we need to get it right.”
The community organization continues to develop its membership base while also updating their business plans.
“We will ultimately conduct an owner investment campaign, inviting member-owners to invest in the building or renovations for the store,” Haines said. “That will be a great opportunity for member-owners to make a socially responsible investment in the community.”
The site selection committee launch comes just shy of six years after the co-op’s incorporation as a formal not-for-profit group.
The cooperative is a member-owned and member-controlled business that operates for the mutual benefit of all members, focused on high quality local food and a healthy community. A full membership share is $180, which is a one-time fee that covers your whole household.
For more information, visit the Oshkosh Food Co-op.
Image of the selection committee team in the middle of business