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Co-op grocery stores in the city?

MIss G Feb 26, 2011 09:18 AM

I just moved back to the city...are there any co-op's left? Thanks!

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  1. insectazoids RE: MIss G Feb 26, 2011 09:44 AM

    Rainbow is still cooperatively owned.

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    1. re: insectazoids
      Robert Lauriston RE: insectazoids Feb 26, 2011 10:05 AM

      They call it Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, but it's owned by the employees, not the customers.

      Rainbow Grocery
      1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    2. Greyhoundgrrl RE: MIss G Feb 26, 2011 11:53 AM

      Other Avenues out in the Sunset:

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      1. re: Greyhoundgrrl
        Robert Lauriston RE: Greyhoundgrrl Feb 26, 2011 11:54 AM

        That's worker-owned as well (though it started out as a co-op). I guess the word "collective" would put people off.

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          Caitlin McGrath RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 26, 2011 04:03 PM

          It is not inappropriate to call it a cooperative business in the case of Rainbow or Other Avenues (or any other worker-owned business); they are worker co-ops, as opposed to consumer co-ops - though it is true that when people talk about food co-ops, they usually mean consumer co-ops, and this is probably true of the OP.


          1. re: Caitlin McGrath
            Robert Lauriston RE: Caitlin McGrath Feb 26, 2011 04:57 PM

            To me, a co-op grocery is a nonprofit community project, owned by the customers. There were a dozen or more of those in SF in the 70s and early 80s, e.g. the Noe Valley Community Store (which also turned into a collective before closing).

            A private, for-profit grocery store owned by a workers cooperative is something else entirely.

      2. soupçon RE: MIss G Feb 26, 2011 05:27 PM

        If you are thinking of the Berkeley Co-op, that's long gone. The North Point Center branch is now a Safeway.

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