Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

The Latest News

The PFC board recently hired Firebrand Coop consultants to survey our marketplace and provide a store concept that meets our mission and values. We are excited to share the vision and main features of our future grocery store - read more here!

Introducing...Our Store!

(clicking the image will bring you to our YouTube channel to watch the video)


Timeline to Open

When we open depends largely on YOU - our community and our Owners!! As a community-owned business, we rely on funding from PFC Owners, grants, the Village, and others to help us reach the $4.4M required to build our store, purchase equipment, hire staff, and more. To date:

  • 1500+ Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Villa Park, Wheaton, Elmhurst (and beyond) residents have become Owners by purchasing $200 worth of PFC shares
  • The PFC Board has secured a $1.2M loan from West Suburban Bank in partnership with LEAF
  • 400 PFC Owners have made interest-bearing or dividend-paying investments in PFC, totaling $1.5M

If you believe in our mission and values, then we need your support! Become an Owner and/or Invest in PFC today!

Community Investment Program

Our CIP is your opportunity to invest, separate from becoming an Owner, and build a thriving business that will serve our community for generations to come. The more our community invests, the less we need in costly bank loans, and the better our financial outlook.

Learn How YOU Can Invest And Make A Difference >>


What is Prairie Food Co-op?

Our mission is to open a member-owned, full-service grocery store in the heart of Lombard.

A cooperative is a member-owned and member-controlled business that operates for the mutual benefit of all member-owners (in this case, great local food and a healthy community). Owners purchase a share in the co-op, thereby enjoying several benefits and responsibilities as owners of the store. Owners may receive special discounts once the store opens.

Prairie Food Co-op will specialize in local, sustainable, and organic food, produce, and personal care items, with a mix of conventional items to fill in the gaps. We are about providing healthy choices, and also about building and caring for our community. Co-ops return close to 40% more of their revenue back to the community, as compared to conventional grocery stores.

Become an Owner today!

Read more about Prairie Food Co-op's Mission >>.


When is a grocery store more than a grocery store?

When it exists to serve you instead of make a profit for others. When it provides fresh and truly local products. When you and your neighbors own it.


Invest in a place to shop that you can call your own.
Together we really can do this.