Prairie Food Co-op will be a full-service community owned grocery store in Lombard featuring local, sustainably grown, organic produce, meat and dairy products, as well as all of the other staples you'd expect from a grocery store -- dry goods, bulk foods, and frozen foods. Prairie Food Co-op will be a community gathering place where shoppers can enjoy a cup of coffee or juice while attending educational classes and workshops.
Our professional Market Analysis advised a 10,000 square foot store, with 6300 square feet of retail space. This size store makes shopping accessible and convenient and is large enough to accommodate a variety of food store departments including meat, bakery, produce, dry grocery, frozen food and dairy, as well as specialty departments such as a deli with prepared foods, a specialty drink bar, and a small café area. We also plan to establish a weekly farmer’s market in the store’s parking lot.
Prairie Food Co-op is committed to providing honest and transparent labeling and will encourage sustainable food production and environmental stewardship. Prairie Food Co-op will strive to educate consumers about their food choices and connect shoppers with food producers so that consumers have a better understanding of how their food was produced. Prairie Food Co-op will provide great jobs with fair wages and benefits.
Prairie Food will be a cooperative business, meaning that shoppers will own the store, giving them more say in the products and services available at the store. Cooperatives are operated, first and foremost, for the benefit of the community they serve, Because people, not profits, drive the business, cooperatives have a significant positive impact on their local community and economy. In fact, the benefit to communities is so significant that the United Nations declared 2012 the "Year of the Cooperative" to encourage more cooperative businesses to open.
If you are interested in supporting local farmers, providing better year-round access to local and sustainable food, to encouraging environmental stewardship, to building a store committed to educating consumers about food, and to a store that puts shoppers first, then you should become a Prairie Food Co-op Owner today.