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Co-op grocery stores in the city?

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

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  1. Rainbow is still cooperatively owned.

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    1. re: insectazoids

      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. Other Avenues out in the Sunset:

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      1. re: Greyhoundgrrl

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

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          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

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