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58. A Community of Shared Values

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Coop Name: Seward Co-op N° of Employees: 215
City: Minneapolis N° of Members: 8800
Country: United States Year of formation: 1972
Website: http://www.seward.coop Twitter: Link
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Seward Co-op opened in 1972 in Minneapolis, MN. At first, we were run by a core group of volunteers and had a small selection of products. Despite challenges in the early '80s, membership and sales began to increase after adopting a general management structure. Seward reincorporated as a consumer co-op, patronage refunds were introduced and volunteering was no longer required. By 1987, we expanded and sales soon topped $1 million. In 1998, we opened a new store - sales, staff and membership doubled. In 2005, the co-op's board recognized the community would support an even larger space. Co-op members invested $1.4 million in an expansion project; our current building opened in 2009. Today, we have 13,000 sq ft of retail space, 8,500+ members, and annual sales of $24.7 million.

Video Credits: National Cooperative Grocer's Association

This video is part of Co+op, Stronger Together’s “Lights, Cameras, Co-ops” series sponsored by the National Co-op Grocers Association celebrating 2012 International Year of Cooperatives and hosted by celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie. In this episode, Kevin travels to Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli in Minneapolis, MN and learns about the co-op and their support of Backyard Harvest. Watch and you’ll quickly discover the many ways food co-ops, their shoppers and owners, and their communities are stronger together. Visit our website at www.strongertogether.coop or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coop.strongertogether.

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