“I thought you had to be a member to shop at the Co-op.”
We hear this comment often, and it makes us happy to inform people that a) no, you do not have to be a “member” to shop at the Co-op and b) if you do become a “member,” you are actually becoming an Owner. It’s true. When you decide that Co-op Ownership is for you, the money you pay is actually equity in the business. It is not a yearly membership fee. This is what makes us a community-owned business and what makes Whole Foods Co-op YOUR Co-op.
So besides being part of a community-owned business, why should you become an Owner of Whole Foods Co-op? Owners enjoy other benefits that many find to far exceed the initial equity investment.
Special order discounts on pre-ordered case quantities
- Note that a “case” for some items may be as few as one item. Our staff can help you with minimum order requirements and/or case costs before you commit to an order.
Co+op Deals coupon books mailed to their home
Discounts for WFC-U classes, classroom rentals & Garbanzo Gazette ads
Quarterly Owner Appreciation Events
Discounts at local businesses
- Check out the Community Cooperation Program. With this program, you can receive discounts at local, independently-owned businesses just by being a WFC Owner!
- Whole Foods Co-op Owners can run and vote for the WFC Board of Directors. They can also serve on committees and take part in policy discussions.
- In profitable years, the Board of Directors may decide to disburse part of the profits to the Owners. Your Patronage Rebate is based on the amount you spend each year, so the more you spend, the more you can earn!