Community-Owned Retail Stores

Community owned stores for rural Nebraska


Jim Crandall,

The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center has been involved in a number of development projects across Nebraska focused on the conversion or start up of community owned stores in rural towns. Many of these projects are helping to maintain an essential service for the community, or to re-establish an essential service that the community has lost. MORE >>

Local Food for Local People, the Co-op Way

Southern Idaho
A project of: Northwest Cooperative Development Center

Diane Gaseway,

A group of visionaries came together in the fall of 2006 in southern Idaho. The topic was connecting people to wholesome, local foods. The participants were local people—farmers neighbors, restaurant owners, parents and business owners. They spoke passionately of their commitment to wholesome foods. This was about more than nutrition, they said. It was also about food security and support of local producers. The traditional, worldwide system for transporting and selling foods did not support their values. It was time to take action as a community. MORE >>

Co-ops can keep vital businesses, services in communities

Cummington, MA
A project of: Cooperative Development Institute

Noémi Giszpenc,

In 2010, current owners Alice Cozzolino and Amy Pulley celebrated their 10th anniversary as owners of the Old Creamery, a beloved local grocery, deli and gathering place in Cummington, MA, a town of just over 1,000 people. Earlier that year, the pair had expressed to the community their desire to transition the creamery to a different form of ownership. At a packed community meeting, the Old Creamery Co-op was born. MORE >>

The Lost River Community Cooperative

The Lost River Community CooperativeThe Lost River Community Cooperative
Paoli, IN
A project of: Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Debbie Trocha,

In September 2005, a large group of residents from the greater Orange County region in Southern Indiana gathered to discuss plans to initiate a project to support the growers of local specialty foods and enhance their availability within the region. From that meeting, a steering committee was formed to begin development work of the Lost River Community Cooperative. Since that time, the group has been off and running! MORE >>

Morris Theatre

Morris Theatre marquee at nightMorris Theatre marquee at night
Morris, Minnesota
A project of: Cooperative Development Services

Kevin Edberg,

CDS assisted in organizing a new co-op in the college town of Morris, Minnesota. In order to preserve a small art deco theater when the owner retired, the community of about 5,000 people purchased the theater and formed a consumer-owned co-op with the help of CDS. MORE >>