The store will be located as close to downtown Amherst as possible, on a bus line so that it is accessible to as many members of the community as possible. The Co-op board will announce the site as soon as we have entered into an agreement with its owner.
FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions
How big will the store be?
We are planning to build a store that is approximately 12,000 sq. ft. with room to expand. At startup, it would be smaller than River Valley Co-op (17,000 sq. ft.), but will still have everything you want and need in a grocery store. An important part of the store will be a community space, which will be available for educational workshops and events – everything from classes on food and nutrition to political activism
When will the store open?
We are aiming at an early-2020 opening. Food co-ops need around 1,000 members to open a store, which shows that the community is solidly committed to the project. Join today to make it happen!
How will we raise the money to build a store?
The project will be financed through member-owner equity shares, donations, grants, bank loans, and member-owner loans.
Why do we need another grocery store in Amherst?
There is currently no full-service grocery store close to the downtown area selling healthy and affordable food 7 days a week.
Do you need to be a member-owner to shop at the Co-op?
How do I become a member-owner in the Amherst Food Co-op?
You can join the Amherst Food Co-op either online through our website (amherstfood.coop), or send a check to: Amherst Food Co-op, 141 No. Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 169, Amherst, MA 01002. [download brochure]
How much does it cost to become a member-owner in the Amherst Food Co-op?
The membership share is $175. Choose the payment option that’s best for you:
- Full Payment: $175 paid all at once
- Quarterly Payment Plan: $25 every three months
- Monthly Payment Plan: $8.50 per month
Both payment plans take nearly 2 years to pay in full. For people who need financial help, ‘Sponsored Shares’ may be available to reduce the cost to $75, which can also be paid over time.
Will I have to volunteer my time in addition to my financial share?
No. There is no volunteer requirement but all are welcome to volunteer to move the project forward.