FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions

The Store

Where’s the store?
How big will the store be?
When will the store open?
How will we raise the money to build a store?
Where’s the store?

The store will be located as close to downtown Amherst as possible, on a bus line so that it is accessible to as many members of the community as possible. The Co-op board will announce the site as soon as we have entered into an agreement with its owner.

How big will the store be?

We are planning to build a store that is approximately 12,000 sq. ft. with room to expand. At startup, it would be smaller than River Valley Co-op (17,000 sq. ft.), but will still have everything you want and need in a grocery store. An important part of the store will be a community space, which will be available for educational workshops and events – everything from classes on food and nutrition to political activism

When will the store open?

We are aiming at a 2021 opening. Food co-ops need around 1,000 members to open a store, which shows that the community is solidly committed to the project. Join today to make it happen!

How will we raise the money to build a store?

The project will be financed through member-owner equity shares, donations, grants, bank loans, and member-owner loans.

Why?

Why do we need another grocery store in Amherst?
Do you need to be a member-owner to shop at the Co-op?
How do I become a member-owner in the Common Share Food Co-op?
How much does it cost to become a member-owner in the Common Share Food Co-op?
Will I have to volunteer my time in addition to my financial share?
Why do we need another grocery store in Amherst?

There is currently no full-service grocery store close to the downtown area selling healthy and affordable food 7 days a week.

How do I become a member-owner in the Common Share Food Co-op?

You can join the Common Share Food Co-op either online through our website (commonsharefood.coop), or send a check to: Common Share Food Co-op, 141 No. Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 169, Amherst, MA 01002. [download brochure]

How much does it cost to become a member-owner in the Common Share Food Co-op?

The membership share is $175. Choose the payment option that’s best for you:

Both payment plans take nearly 2 years to pay in full. For people who need financial help, ‘Sponsored Shares’ may be available to reduce the cost to $75, which can also be paid over time.

Will I have to volunteer my time in addition to my financial share?

No. There is no volunteer requirement but all are welcome to volunteer to move the project forward.

Social Concerns

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