DESIGN CONCEPT FOR NORTH RICHMOND GROCERY COOP
NOTE: Rendering is not final, proposed concept may change.
Cooperation Richmond is excited to launch its Richmond Community Grocery Cooperative fund. It is a campaign intended to fund at least the first two years of a community cooperative grocery store. Our goal is to allow historically marginalized members of the community an opportunity to fully participate and invest their time and energy into becoming cooperative grocery store owners. This would not be possible without the support of people like you.
Our goal is to raise at least the cost of four years worth of salaries for the worker owners as well as compensate them for their time during the six-month training period prior to the launch of the store. We intend to bring on folks in the community that reflect the cultures, histories, and life experiences that represent Richmond’s diversity.
Cooperation Richmond works to form the foundations of democratic and cooperative governance but involves the worker owners to begin the lived practice of being cooperators and owners with each other. We allow them the ability to self-determine and define the how, why, when, and where for their business. What does accountability look like for them? Weekly or daily team meetings? Conflict mediation spaces? Cooperative culture needs to be understood, learned, implemented and practiced in order to really shape the business and the worker-owners relationship.