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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
We look forward to seeing you at the market!
Despite the recent crazy weather, construction on the store is bounding along. The Pathways house has been moved to another area of the site (upper right of the photo). The first concrete (the literal foundation of DCM) has been poured , and the walls and columns are coming up. This photo is from Feb. 27th. Stop by and see how work is progressing on our collectively-owned co-op grocery!!
Durham Central Market board president Frank Stasio and board members Alisa Johnson and Susan Callaghan make a presentation to the PAC 3 meeting this Saturday, March 8 at 10:00 AM. PAC, or Partners Against Crime is a community organization interested in civic affairs. PAC 3 is the district that includes the Market. The presentation is part of our ongoing effort to build community relations as construction moves forward.
The following Saturday, March 15, Frank will meet with the Lyon Park Neighborhood Association to talk about the benefits the Market will bring to this area.
At both events we expect to do a lot of listening to hear what neighbors want and expect of the Durham Central Market.
In case you missed it, here's DCM Board President Frank Stasio's take on Durham, where the impossible is always possible, including an community owned & financed co-op grocery! From the Herald-Sun, 2/16/13.
Frank Stasio will be at the Slow Money NC Gathering at Johnny's in Carrboro on Monday, February 3rd at 7:30. Frank will be joining other local food producers and entrepreneurs and giving the attendees an update on DCM's progress.
We'll be posting these aerial photos of the site construction as we receive them monthly from Self-Help. The yellow arrow indicates where the store is going to be (the white house and the lot behind). The house is scheduled to be moved sometime this week. Stay tuned!!
We had a great turnout for the Kent Corner groundbreaking ceremony announcing the official start of construction for the store. Mayor Bill Bell was among the dignitaries in attendance. He called the project “a great thing happening in Durham.” See the fine article in the Durham Herald. http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1401030557/Groundbreaking-for-Kent-Corner
There’s still time to become an owner and and investor in this great thing.
Become and Owner- http://www.durhamcentralmarket.org/owner-form
(Shown in photo from left - Don Moffitt-DCM Project Manager, Pam Campa-DCM Board Member, ErinKauffman- DCM Board Michael Bacon-Founding Member and former DCM Board, Sam Miglarese, Director of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership)
-post by Frank Stasio, DCM Board President