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.
FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions
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
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!
The project will be financed through member-owner equity shares, donations, grants, bank loans, and member-owner loans.
There is currently no full-service grocery store close to the downtown area selling healthy and affordable food 7 days a week. In fact, many parts of Amherst and its surrounding towns are considered USDA Food Deserts. This means that many of our neighbors lack convenient and equitable access to healthy, fresh, and affordable foods.
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]
The membership share is $175. Choose the payment option that’s best for you:
- Full Payment: $175 paid all at once
- Quarterly Payment Plan: $25 every three months
- Monthly Payment Plan: $8.50 per month
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.
No. There is no volunteer requirement but all are welcome to volunteer to move the project forward.