Welcome! Durham Co-op Market is a new cooperative grocery store opening on West Chapel Hill Street near downtown (Read more about our location). Durham Co-op Market is community owned, similar to other local co-ops including Weaver Street Market in Carrboro and Deep Roots Market in Greensboro. If you're not an owner, now is a great time to become one! The store will be opening in early 2015.
The co-op will be open to all shoppers, and offer natural, organic, and local food and other products. It will reinvest profits back into the community, practice sustainability, and foster a positive, respectful workplace. We are built by Durham and dedicated to serving Durham. Contact us at email@example.com or find us on Facebook.
We look forward to seeing you at the market!
Once we open the store, it will be professionally staffed, led by our General Manager, Leila Wolfrum. Still, there are lots of ways for our community to participate to build the store and to connect with our members. The following is a message from our Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Andresen, about the best ways to get involved:
Hello Durham Co-op Market potential volunteers!
These are exciting days for DCM, with the building going up and the general manager, Leila Wolfrum, on board!
In talking with Leila, some new volunteer opportunities came up. If you are willing to assist with any of these, please let us know.
We are currently looking for help with:
Thanks in advance,
Join us at Blue Corn Café on anytime on August 26th for Co-op Day! The folks at BCC are generously donating 10% of their sales for the day to the Co-op!
It will be a great chance to connect with your co-op community, meet like-minded co-op supporters, and enjoy great, fresh food!
The sixth annual owners’ meeting of Durham Co-op Market will be held this year on November 2nd from 5-7 pm at the Chameleon, 2013 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. The meeting is open to all owners of the market. (If you are not currently an owner, but are interested in becoming one, click here.)
Construction is coming along! The building is taking shape; the roof is on; and things are looking great!
Take a ride by the site to see the progress. Things are going to start changing fast.
Based on our current construction estimates, we are looking at opening sometime in January. The dream is fast becoming a reality!
As we make refine the plans for the inside of the market, please feel free to contact us with ideas, questions, and feedback. This is your market! (If you are not an owner yet, now is a great time to join. Click here to sign up.)
Help us get the word out about the benefits of supporting your community market! With opening just a few months away, now is the time to call your friends, knock on your neighbors' doors, and sign up some new owners for the co-op. The more owners we have, the stronger our market will be, and that is good for everyone--We are Stronger Together!
Thank you all for the warm welcome I have received so far. I am excited to be here, and I already have much to report.
As many of you know, this co-op market was originally named with a location in the Durham Central Park district in mind. As we move into our actual location, on West Chapel Hill Street, conveniently located near to downtown, both Duke campuses, and many residential neighborhoods, we have changed the name of the market to avoid confusion, and to emphasize our cooperative structure. From now on, Durham Central Market will be known as Durham Co-op Market.
With the help of Durham-based graphic designer Darwin Campa, we updated our logo. This clean, straightforward design highlights our connection to the National Cooperative Grocers Association, of which we recently became a proud member. This organization links us with about 150 other food co-ops nationwide, including Weaver Street Market, Company Shops Market in Burlington, and Deep Roots Market in Greensboro. Once the store opens, you will see the green "co+" on everything from our coffee cups to our grocery bags to our bi-monthly sales flyer.
I was thrilled to see a great turn out at our Pompieri Pizza event on June 3rd. I was delighted to get to meet owners and supporters of the co-op, and to see them enjoying themselves together. We plan to host several similar events in the coming months. So keep you eye on Facebook and on this page for details. One question people kept asking: when will the store open? While I cannot offer a firm date, as construction is a complicated business, I will do my best to keep you all up to speed on our progress. Right now, it is looking like the store will open sometime just after the new year.
Many have also asked about potential employment opportunities at the store. I will be consumed with the work of planning and building the physical space for the next few months. I plan to start hiring a couple months before we open, possibly as soon as November. In the meantime, please send potential candidates my way. I count on our whole community to connect me with talented, hard-working people who want to put some energy into getting this exciting institution off the ground. We will have something like 20-30 positions to fill with a wide range of required levels of skill and experience.
Looking forward to adventures ahead,