What is a Co-op?
A co-op is a business that is owned and operated by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit. People organize cooperatives to achieve together what they can't do alone. Co+opportunity is a shining example of what unity and cooperation cam accomplish. Co-ops are a powerful economic alternative, one that acknowledges our interconnectedness and leverages our shared resources.
Formed by four founding owners in a West Los Angeles garage in 1974, Co+opportunity has been in business over 41 years. We now have over 14,000 owners, and serve over 1,800 customers per day.
Our co-op is continuing to thrive and grow. We opened our second store in Culver City in 2017!
We are a proud member of the National Co-op Grocers (NCG), a network of over 140 retail food co-ops around the country.
Seven Cooperative Principles
Cooperatives worldwide adhere to the spirit of seven guiding principles outlined by the International Cooperative Alliance. These principles, updated in 1995 in Manchester, England, are:
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Governance
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training, and Information
- Cooperation among Cooperatives
- Concern for Community