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Who We Are

Co-opportunity has been providing natural, organic and local foods to the Santa Monica area since 1974. We have one of the largest, freshest selections of certified organic produce, in addition to a wide variety of natural, healthy foods.

As a Co-op, we’re much more than just another natural foods store—we’re actually owned by our local community. Unlike the national chain stores, we exist to serve you, our owners—not a distant corporate board.

Co-opportunity, which is also open to the public, believes economic power should be situated locally, where it has the best chance to create and sustain vibrant, livable communities. Because we’re truly local, owning a piece of your Co-op is really about owning a piece of your community!

  • StoreHistory
    1974

    Co-opportunity was born! Four founders started the Co-op out of a tiny garage in West L.A. As the ownership ranks swelled, the Co-op quickly outgrew the confines of the cramped garage and relocated to a proper storefront on Santa Monica Blvd.

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    1976 - 1985

    Finding a new storefront was a challenge. More owners meant more viewpoints to consider. After much deliberation a final consensus was reached—the Co-op would move to Santa Monica from its previous location in West L.A. A small place on 16th and Broadway, a quiet, commercial-industrial area in Santa Monica on a lot packed with Hertz rental trucks and used cars, was selected. The larger operation prompted the Co-op to change its status to a cooperative corporation, and elect its first board of directors.

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    1986 - 1994

    After enduring an era of disappearing profits and dwindling patronage, the Co-op’s board hired a new general manager and gave him real power as a manager. Under a succession of active and constructive boards, the Co-op weathered a stormy period in the 1980’s to emerge as a healthy organization in the 1990’s and into the new millennium.

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    1995 - 2010

    In 1995 the Co-op moved across the street to a brand new building. The move doubled the Co-op's retail space and sales increased immediately.

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    2011 - Present

    Today we're a thriving Cooperative with deep roots in the community. We've undergone a major makeover of not only our physical location, but our operations in general. It's amazing how the vision of four founding owners operating out of a tiny garage has evolved into a thriving Co-op with more than 11,000 owners!

Co-opportunity was born! Four founders started the Co-op out of a tiny garage in West L.A. As the ownership ranks swelled, the Co-op quickly outgrew the confines of the cramped garage and relocated to a proper storefront on Santa Monica Blvd.

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Co-op Owner

Co-op Members share a common passion for good food, good community and a lot of great benefits, not least of which is knowing they are supporting a more sustainable way of life.

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7 Cooperative
Principles

1 Voluntary and Open Membership
2 Democratic Member Control
3 Members' Economic Participation
4 Autonomy and Independence
5 Education, Training, and Information
6 Cooperation Among Cooperatives
7 Concern for Community   Download the full principles