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 info@durham.coop or find us on Facebook. 

We look forward to seeing you at the market!

Give the Gift of Co-op!

You love Durham, local food, and, of course, your loved ones. We read your mind and have created a way to celebrate all of the above--gifts to Durham Co-op Market! 

Here are two options with the holiday season in mind--gift membership packages and gift certificates. With the gift memberships, we're offering two options:

  • $100: One co-op membership for the recipient of your choosing and one cozy, Carolina-made Durham Co-op Market T-shirt.
  • $150: One co-op membership with an additional shopper and two DCM T-shirts.

When you buy a gift membership, you don't need to tell us the name(s) of the lucky new owner(s). We'll mail you a fancy ownership voucher that you can give to the North Carolina resident(s)* of your choosing. They will then redeem the voucher in-store to get their official membership card and t-shirt. 

Below, you'll find links to purchase the gift packages and gift certificates via Paypal. Thanks so much for supporting DCM. Hope your holiday season is co-operative! 

Gift Ownership Packages

Gift Certificates

*By law, only North Carolina residents are allowed to be DCM owners. 

Work at the Co-op!

Durham Co-op Market is a community-owned store. Our focus is on serving our community of owners, shoppers and employees. We are dedicated to the creation of a strong, safe, and supportive work environment based on mutual respect, high ethical standards, sound management, and a dedication to excellence. Employees are expected to demonstrate the concepts of cooperation, excellent customer service, creative input, and a positive willingness to get the job done. 
Click here to download an application form.
Open Positions:
Produce Clerk
Grocery Clerk
Deli Counter Clerk
Kitchen Clerk
If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please fill out an application and submit it by email or mail it to Durham Co-op Market, po box 25216, Durham, NC 27702. 
Cooperative Values:
Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative owners believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
Co-op Principles

  1. Voluntary and Open Ownership; Open to all without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.
  2. Democratic Control; One owner, one vote.
  3. Owner Economic Participation; Owners contribute equitably to and democratically control the capital of the cooperative. The economic benefits of a cooperative operation are returned to the owners, reinvested in the co-op, and/or used to provide owner services and supporting other activities approved by the ownership.
  4. Autonomy and Independence; Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their owners.
  5. Education, Training, and Information; Cooperatives provide education and training for owners so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives; Cooperatives serve their owners most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, regional, national and international structures.
  7. Concern for the Community; While focusing on owner needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their owners.

Respect for All People
Respect for all people is one of Durham Co-op Market core values. The Cooperative is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect, free of harassment and discrimination for our team members, customers and vendors. All staff owners are expected to treat fellow employees, customers and vendors with courtesy and to resolve any differences in a professional, non-abusive, non-inflammatory and non-threatening manner. All staff members are responsible for their own behavior and for understanding how their actions affect everyone in the workplace.
Ethics Policy
Durham Co-op Market believes that good character is the greatest asset in any business. Durham Co-op Market chooses to conduct its business in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. We strive to be honest in our public statements, advertising, and publicity and to avoid misrepresentation in our business dealings. We vow to be courteous and considerate to those with whom we have dealings and to refrain from unfair practices and to keep all personal information confidential.

Holiday Gifts

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Durham Co-op Market has you covered this holiday season, because the only thing better than buying local is giving local! We're putting together a festive gift package that will include an ownership share and this beaut of a t-shirt made from Carolina cotton. Stay tuned for more details and email info@durham.coop if you have any questions.

Exciting New Volunteer Opportunities


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:

  1. Assembling, testing, and costing out RECIPES using grocery items in our Healthy Basics food program.  This is a program that will make healthy staples available at great everyday prices.  If you are interested in submitting recipes, learning how to cost them out, etc.  contact Leila.
  2. WRITING short pieces on appropriate topics, e.g. products, practices, etc. for the store's website.  These can be purely fact-based or more creative and personal.  Contact Leila if you are interested in knowing more.
  3. We need someone with a love for wood-working who has tools and space to work on our cafe table-tops. It is nothing too fancy, but will require some care. Contact Leila if you can assist with this.
  4. The table at the Durham Farmers Market has had amazing success recruiting new owners for DCM, and will continue for another 8 sessions.  Please consider taking a shift at the market with experienced, enthusiastic fellow volunteers. Contact me if you are interested in helping with this.

Thanks in advance,

Construction Progress!

July 2014

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.)

Owner Drive


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! 
To help this effort along, we have started an Owner Drive! We want 2000 owners before the Grand Opening! The DCM owners who sign up the most new owners between now and the grand opening will win FABULOUS PRIZES! So get out there and talk us up, just make sure they put your name on the "Referred By" line. 
(If you are not an owner yet, click here to join!)