Our Story

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Durham Co-op Market began through the efforts of folks in several neighborhoods near downtown Durham, NC who saw a need and were excited about the possibility of creating a grocery/market that focused on locally-produced food. Durham Co-op Market opened in March, 2015 at 1111 W. Chapel Hill St. The co-op is community owned, and community focused. Our goal is to return as much revenue as possible to our community by supporting local farms, selling locally made products, and supporting local jobs.

 

The Mission of Durham Co-op Market is:

  • To serve the Durham community and create an open, diverse, and inclusive that welcomes all in that community.
  • To foster a workplace based on respect, dignity, and fair compensation.
  • To sell high-quality nourishing food and other products that are affordable and accessible, with special emphasis on locally grown and produced goods.
  • To practice sustainability in our business by using resources wisely, and by promoting goods produced in a sustainable manner.

 

Staff

Our staff is made up of 50 part-time and full-time employees. We are so proud that our team reflects our Durham community; over half of our staff live within a mile of the store. We prioritize staff development, cross training between departments, and promoting from within in order to create an upwardly mobile and educated staff across all departments.

We also strongly value customer service, and hire folks whose friendliness and helpfulness will enhance the customer experience. Please ask anyone with a name tag for help or what their favorite product is!

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Leadership Team

 

Leila Wolfrum

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General Manager

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Leila returned to Durham from Burlington where she was the Operations Manager at Company Shops Market, another food co-op. Leila helped guide the store through the start-up phase and developed a produce purchasing system that increased the volume of locally grown food sold at the store. She brings that knowledge with her to Durham Co-op Market as well as a commitment to make our store and its products accessible to all members of our community. Leila’s entire professional career has been devoted to promoting sustainable agriculture, local investment and neighborhood economic development through fair business practices. Before her job at Company Shops, Leila managed the Eno River Farmers Market. She has also worked as a production manager at Locopops in Durham and Simple Kneads Bakery in Greensboro.

Cris Rivera

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Finance/HR Manager

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Cris is our Finance and HR Manager. A Durhamite for 20+ years, Cris graduated from both Duke (literature) and Durham Tech (accounting), and local foodies may remember them from a tenure as the Big Cheese at Fowler’s in the late 90’s. After leaving the sales floor, Cris wore many hats, such as documentary videographer, nonprofit auditor, and small business accounting consultant. They most recently served as finance manager for Student Action With Farmworkers, a nonprofit that brings students and farmworkers together to advocate for better work conditions.  At SAF, Cris was a proud card-carrying member of their union and contract negotiation team, and was excited to see how these values jive with DCM’s hybrid worker/consumer cooperative structure and commitment to creating an equitable work place. When not producing financials or resolving a conflict, Cris passes the time serving as ad hoc parish chef for First Presbyterian Church-Durham.

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Operations Manager

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Davis, our Operations Manager, was the Grocery Manager at the Fresh Market in Chapel Hill, NC prior to working at DCM. Davis moved to Durham in 2012 after graduating from UNC Greensboro. He is a North Carolina native and holds a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies – which is exactly how he ended up working in grocery stores. His primary work-related interests include democratizing capitalism through co-ops, grocery merchandising, and sparkling water. He thinks co-ops have a great opportunity to make high quality foods more accessible to more people, and is so relieved to be at the co-op instead of a corporate grocery store.

 

Germane James

Marketing Manager

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Germane is originally from New Jersey and has been in Durham for nearly a decade. She has had a ten year career working in the nonprofit sector as a marketing and fundraising professional. You might not guess that Germane considers herself to be a Top Chef level cook, DJs on the weekends and knits in her spare time. Germane is looking forward to championing the Durham Co-op Market’s passion for quality, local and sustainable foods while building lasting relationships with our neighbors, community and owners. Germane has a knack for relationship building and is using that outgoing nature to partner with local faith communities, community centers and area nonprofits to improve the effectiveness of the West End Neighborhood. Germane hopes to increase the number of neighbors who take advantage of the ownership opportunities. Next time you are in the store, introduce yourself to Germane and make an instant new friend!

Matt Colley

Deli and Kitchen Manager

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Matt comes to the co-op with extensive food service experience, including over 15 years as a kitchen manager, and has a passion for fresh and nutritious ingredients, cleanliness and organization. Matt is looking forward to increasing our consistency, freshness, and customer service. As the kitchen and deli manager his goals are to increase and diversify the products offered on the salad bar, utilizing all of the fabulous local produce that we receive daily. Matt’s creativity and love for cooking has made a tremendous impact on lunch options on and off of the hot bar. Our grab and go section is always fully stocked and fresh and the $5 weekday lunch special is a major hit! Unless you knew Matt in his previous life, you might not guess that he was once a very talented tattoo artist and you can consider him a walking advertisement with over 22 tattoos! Matt is also a rockin’ drummer and misses his days drumming in a band, back in the day. Be sure to swing by the deli and let Matt serve you up something fresh and delicious!

AJ Alana Ka’imi Bryce

Grocery Manager

AJ joins us from Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, where they were employed for over 10 years. In addition to working the majority of that time in the Grocery Department, AJ was cross trained in 6 different departments within Weaver Street’s organization. AJ brings a passion for systems and staff development as well as knowledge of co-op’s and their impact on local communities and economies.

 

Tracie Little

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Wellness Coordinator

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Tracie, our Wellness Coordinator, started her Co-op career early by volunteering at 14 with her parents at the Old Durham Food Co-op when it was on Broad St.  in the early 1980s. Years later she started her professional career in the Natural Foods Industry at Wellspring in Raleigh. She has worked with Weaver St. Market, Earth Fare and Chatham Marketplace Co-op in Pittsboro, NC. She has a real passion for alternative health care and organic foods. She has gone to school for massage therapy at the Carolina School Of Massage Therapy, studied with Herbalist Teresa Boardwine in Northern Virginia, and is a Certified Nursing Assistant working with elderly people in their homes. She currently lives in the house she grew up in with her husband David, who works at Chatham Marketplace Co-op. Stop by the Wellness section and ask her what her favorite products are!

Cam Schumacher

Produce Manager

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Cam joined the Durham Co-op Market with tons of previous co-op experience from the Deep Roots Market and Renaissance Community Co-op in Greensboro, NC. Cam loves working with local farmers and talking to co-op shoppers about where their food comes from. They hope to improve the shopping experience in the produce and meat departments with fresh samples. To prevent food waste, Cam distributes culled produce with community members that use the vegetables for feeding their pets and animal friends…we’re talking rabbits, urban chickens and a 150 pound tortoise! Believe it or not, Cam LOVES all vegetables which makes them a great produce manager. However, don’t even think about giving them an eggplant! Cam is marvelous at Harry Potter trivia and enjoys a good Sunday night football event. Cam is invested in fresh and would love to share some of their favorite recipes, tips or tidbits with you about our meat and produce selection.

Queen Riley

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Front End Manager

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Our front end manager, Queen Riley, has been with DCM since it’s inception in March 2015. She has over ten years of customer service experience as it relates to retail, food industry and healthcare. Queen loves to entertain. You can find her dancing and singing most evenings at the Point of Purchase, albeit not like Beyoncé but with her confidence. Her other talents include writing poetry and being a full time mother to the cutest babies ever, Diamanté and Jade. If you have ANY questions about products, promotions, or would like to see a pretty smiling face ask for Queen!

 

Zac Schell

Wine & Beer Coordinator

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Zac started his grocery store career at the age of 17.  Nearly two decades later, and with 13 of those years in specialty foods, Zac’s diverse experience is a huge asset to the beer and wine department.  His certifications in beer (Certified Beer Server) wine (Intro Sommelier), and cheese (American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional), translates into his love of food and drink.

 

Board of Directors

Board of Directors Meeting Dates 2018

Board Minutes Archive

Board News and Events

Elections 2017

 

Board Members

 

Amelia Freeman-Lynde (ameliafl@durham.coop) has called Durham home since 2011, following 10 years in New York City as a student and theater artist. From family meals in her Georgia hometown to becoming involved in Durham’s vibrant local food scene, her love of food has provided a connection to her community and a deep appreciation for sustainable food systems. As the Market grows, she would like to see a continued effort to merge locally-sourced and wholesome foods with affordable and accessible groceries for the entire community, but especially neighborhood residents.  She is committed to helping the Market continue efforts to reduce its environmental impact through bulk and refillable products, minimal waste packaging, and local produce and goods.  In addition to her involvement with the DCM board, Amelia works at the Scrap Exchange and the Carolina Theatre, and is a dedicated crafter and chicken-keeper.

Lenore Hill (lenore@durham.coop) was born in Durham and lived here for 14 years before moving to Hillsborough, studied computer science at Duke, and has worked in Durham since 2000. Lenore is an IT analyst and artist, who volunteers with Splat Space, the Durham FM Association, and the Triangle Linux User’s group. She tries to understand the points of view of others, frequently plays devil’s advocate, and realizes that people’s viewpoints and temperaments are often colored by external unknown circumstances. She is a frequent attendee at Co-op events and meetings, and a lover of cheese.

Beth Hopping (BethH@durham.coop) is a Co-director at Food Insight Group (FIG), a Durham-based food systems research organization. Beth is passionate about the intersections of food, environment, culture, and social justice. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Intervention and Policy from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Global Public Health and has worked across North Carolina and around the world to help communities identify food system challenges and address them by leveraging community strengths. At FIG, Beth works with farmers, grocery retailers, schools, nonprofits, foundations, and community development financial institutions to research and implement a variety of ways to strengthen community food systems. She strongly believes in the power of food to connect people and hopes to support those positive connections through her work. Beth loves spending time outside hiking, biking, and exploring with her partner and dog. She also enjoys learning new ways to grow, cook, and preserve food.

Tyler Jenkins (tyler@durham.coop) works full-time at Carolina Common Enterprise. His responsibilities include managing operations for technical assistance to a statewide network of budding cooperative enterprises, providing strategic relationship and network building to support cooperative development, and providing direct assistance through business coaching and facilitation. Tyler grew up and attended college in Mississippi, before earning a graduate degree from Emory University in public health, with a focus on theory of social change and global health education. He moved to North Carolina in 2012, where he took up an apprenticeship with a pasture-raised livestock and organic produce farm in Efland, NC. Tyler has experience in day-to-day livestock management and vegetable production, as well as planning for farm work operations. His previous work includes coordinating the investment of federal public grant dollars in a 10-county region for the NC State Department of Health and Human Services, managing staff operations at a youth outdoor education camp, and conducting public health and agriculture research and focus groups for the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

Alisa Johnson (alisa@durham.coop) is an associate professor of African American literature at Meredith College and holder of the Mary Lynch Johnson Chair in English.  She received her BA from Guilford College and her MA and Ph.D from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has a passion for dance, music, theatre, and film, and is the organizer of the Meredith College Documentary Film Festival.  Alisa moved to Durham to work for the Independent (now the Indy Week ) and  is the current chair of the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project.  For this longtime resident of the Burch Avenue neighborhood, which advocated for the revitalization of  West Chapel Hill Street for over 20 years, the Durham Coop Market really is a dream come true.

Drew Peng (drew@durham.coop) grew up in Chapel Hill and has spent the past 12 years working in management consulting, consumer packaged goods, and private equity.  He is a frequent shopper at Weaver Street Market, and strongly believes that the co-op model has a place in Durham’s burgeoning food scene.  Drew joined the DCM Finance & Development committee in 2010 and looks forward to contributing his experiences in finance, investing, and retail to help launch DCM.  He enjoys working with startup organizations and aspires to own his own business one day (in addition to being a co-owner in DCM).  Drew received his B.S. in engineering from Northwestern University and is a proud graduate of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro public school system. Drew is our current Board President

Tonya Post (tonya@durham.coop) moved to Durham after serving on the Obesity and Chronic Illness subcommittee (Partnership for a Healthy Durham). Her time spent in Durham as Director of Programs at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle brought her to love the Durham community and want to be a part.  Working for and with the North Carolina food banks, she learned a lot about food systems and is familiar with many food assistance and nutrition programs. She has a passion to see healthy, affordable foods available to all community members. Currently, Tonya is the Preschool Manager for the East Durham Children’s Initiative. At the preschool, she helps influence some of the youngest community members with healthy snacks, a school garden, two bee hives and lots of hands on cooking opportunities for the children.  

Frank Stasio (frank@durham.coop) is the host of The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio; previously he was the host and anchor for NPR Washington. He’s involved with the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham and the Durham Friends Prison Re-entry ministry. Frank works with four producers for his radio talk show, where all programming ideas are approved by consensus. “I have found that the surest way to achieve excellence is by listening to the wisdom of others and taking the time to build consensus.”

Queen Riley (queen@durham.coop) Our front end manager, Queen Riley, has been with DCM since it’s inception in March 2015. She has over ten years of customer service experience as it relates to retail, food industry and healthcare. Queen loves to entertain. You can find her dancing and singing most evenings at the Point of Purchase, albeit not like Beyoncé but with her confidence. Her other talents include writing poetry and being a full time mother to the cutest babies ever, Diamanté and Jade. If you have ANY questions about products, promotions, or would like to see a pretty smiling face ask for Queen!

Paul Robinson (paul@durham.coop) Paul, a dedicated member of the grocery staff is the newest addition to the co-op Board of Directors as a worker owner board member. Paul brings a passion for coffee and customer service to his position in the Grocery Department and a passion for workers rights, food access and community access to his board role. He looks forward to having an active role in co-op governance and engaging in conversations with community partners and stakeholders.

Important Documents

The Seven Co-operative Principles

The seven cooperative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values of of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity into practice.

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Annual Reports

Here is our Fiscal 2017 Annual Report. What a great year!

F2017 Annual Report

Here is our Fiscal 2016 Annual Report!

F2016 Annual Report

Here is our Fiscal 2015 Annual Report, documenting the opening of the Durham Co-op Market and more. Published November 8, 2015.

F2015 Annual Report 

Articles of Incorporation

Articles of Incorporation for the purpose of forming a cooperative, filed on 6/3/08.

DCM By-Laws

This iteration of the DCM By-laws, the rules by which the Co-op is run, was adopted by the DCM Board effective September 1st, 2009, and last revised September 2017.

Policy Register

Here is our Durham Co-op Market Policy Register, last revised on May 10, 2014.

Durham Co-op Policy Register

Policy Governance Quick Guide