Village Co-op Market closer to becoming a reality in Williamsville

Watch for the co-op’s informational pop-up tent at upcoming events.

The Village Co-op Market of Williamsville, a proposed member-owned and operated food market, is currently seeking member-owners to help make the store a reality. The co-op member-owner opportunity is open to any New York State resident over the age of 18 for a one-time $150 investment per household. Member-owners will receive discounts and other perks when the grocery store opens.

The overall mission of The Village Co-op Market of Williamsville is to promote healthy living. The co-op will provide quality products which are mostly sourced from local farmers and food producers. Educating consumers on the benefits of health and nutrition, attentive customer service and giving back to the community through charitable efforts are other priorities. Goals include being thoughtful stewards of the environment, a socially responsible business and a good neighbor. 

There are numerous benefits of being a member-owner of The Village Co-op Market of Williamsville. They include:
• Voting on co-op issues so you get a say in how the co-op works and where it spends its money.
• Voting for a Board of Directors to guide the future of the co-op. Member-owners can also run for a seat on the Board.
• When the co-op turns a profit, member-owners may be eligible for a patronage refund in proportion to their purchases.
• An opportunity to be an integral part of a vibrant community resource.  

In addition to direct member-owner benefits, an investment in the co-op supports family farms, nutrition education, regional artisan foods, environmental stewardship, organic farming, fair trade and sustainable agriculture.

Informational meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month in Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville; please enter through the back door. For more information, please visit www.villagecoopmarket.com, email info@villagecoopmarket.com or call 632-2741.

Watch for the co-op’s informational pop-up tent at upcoming events such as the Village of Williamsville’s holiday tree-lighting party on Dec. 1. Volunteers will also be selling Christmas trees at that event.

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