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 attain the money required to build our store, purchase equipment, hire staff, and more. To date:
- 1600+ Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Villa Park, Wheaton, Elmhurst (and beyond) residents have become Owners by purchasing $200 worth of PFC shares
- 400 PFC Owners have made interest-bearing or dividend-paying investments in PFC, totaling $1.5M
- PFC has been awarded a $807,000 grant as part of the Rebuild Illinois (RBI) Downtowns and Main Streets Capital program
Visit our News Section for current project status
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.