- Provide our community with high quality natural and organic foods and environmentally sound products at reasonable prices.
- Create a personable and friendly place to shop, with the product diversity to satisfy the grocery needs of most health and ecologically conscious households.
- Support environmentally and socially responsible producers and suppliers, including purchasing local and regional products where available within our price and quality standards.
- Provide service that is cheerful, courteous, and knowledgeable.
- Be a resource to our membership by providing information on health and nutrition, and social, political and economic issues related to food, and by promoting awareness of the value of consumer control through the cooperative system.
- Conduct our affairs according to consumer cooperative and financially sound principles and act as a supportive and caring employer.
The Concord Food Co-op evolved out of a community buying club established in the late 1970s. In 1982, the club incorporated and became an independent entity. The Co-op occupied many spaces throughout its infancy, and in 1993 it moved to its current location on South Main Street. In November of 2005, the store expanded, tripling its size and doubling the number of products offered. The expansion allowed for growth in every department and provided the space needed to introduce new services such as the Celery Stick Café, Bakery, and Grab n’ Go.
Early in 2009, the Concord Food Co-op was approached by a co-op in New London that was going into bankruptcy. In June of that year, we officially opened Concord Food Co-op of New London (then called Kearsarge Cooperative Grocer), a Lake Sunapee-area sister store of the Co-op.
In summer 2014, the Co-op negotiated an agreement with retiring owner of Cafe Indigo to take on the lease and continue to make the core line of vegan Cafe Indigo products including the famous carrot cake. Alongside the Cafe Indigo line, the Co-op Bakehouse also creates its own original lineup of prepared foods and baked goods, including gluten-free offerings, available for sale at the Co-op and wholesale to other stores. The Co-op Bakehouse is located on Hall Street in Concord.
Currently, the Co-op has an active membership of approximately 7,000 households, and we continue to grow each day.