Kootenay Co-op: Friendly, Healthy, Community-Owned

The Kootenay Co-op exists to serve our community! The Co-op conducts business with a triple bottom-line. We prioritize the social, environmental and financial sustainability of the organization and community at large.

Over 12,000 of our customers are member-owners of the Co-op and consistently contribute to enriching our community atmosphere

Why become a member?

Membership at the Kootenay Co-op means gives you the opportunity to:

Save money

Our member benefits include multiple opportunities to save money every time you shop: Member-only Specials, Caselot Sales, Case Pricing, Wellness Week discounts, class and event admission discounts and purchases over $300 receive a gift card valued at 10% of the total purchase. Because membership also means ownership, you will actually make money as you shop! How? The Co-op has a provision for an annual Patronage Return to members based on how much you spend. And of course, you’ll also save money by nurturing your body with healthy foods and supplements that support long-term health.

Our Member Financial Benefits include:
  • Member-only specials. Members saved over $1.5 million in 2016!
  • Case-lot Sales twice per year in the spring and fall
  • Annual Patronage Return (as recommended by the Board of Directors)
  • 10% Discounts on case purchasing
  • Purchases over $300 receive a gift card valued at 10% of total purchase
  • Discounts on cooking classes, wellness classes and events

Eat great food

You are what you eat! Your diet provides the foundation for health and is a determining factor in your future wellbeing and how you age. At the Co-op, it’s easy for you to choose real food that’s fresh, delicious, healthy, and of the highest quality that our customers have come to expect. It means we offer a lot that is organic and local, with a huge selection of bulk and minimally-processed foods. We read the labels carefully, refuse to carry products that don’t meet our buying guidelines and we offer a wide selection of alternatives to wheat, dairy, sugar, and other common allergens.

Invest in your community

The Co-op is a values-based organization that exists to serve our members and community. This means we do things like buy from local farmers and suppliers whenever possible, give thousands of dollars in grants, scholarships and food donations to community groups, return a percentage of our profit directly to our member-owners, sponsor social and environmental projects, advocate for positive changes in our community and industry, shop locally, pay our employees a living wage… and that’s just a start! Every
single dollar you spend at the Co-op ensures a greater return to the local economy and is an investment in the well-being of your community.

Participate as an owner

All Co-op members are empowered to be an integral part of our operations. As a member-owner, you get a voice and a vote in our cooperative business. You elect the Board of Directors and vote on resolutions at our Annual General Meeting. You can provide feedback on how the Co-op is doing any day of the week–and actually have the feedback make a difference! Hundreds of products and dozens of community projects are the result of member suggestions. Keep ‘em coming! The Co-op also has a provision for members to receive a Patronage Return when recommended by the Board. We truly do exist to serve our members and community, not a distant corporate office.

Support your health

Rest assured – when you shop at the Co-op, you are supporting your health and doing right by the planet at the same time. The extensive range of fair-trade, organic and earth-friendly products, the high-quality vitamins, supplements and body care products with safe ingredients, all comprise a one-stop-shopping experience that supports your health and wellbeing. The Co-op’s customer services, information pamphlets and recipes, all from a cooperatively-owned business that supports local businesses and sustainable farming practices, presents an unsurpassed health resource for you, your family and the whole community.

 “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food,” –  Hippocrates

Learn about food

Education and training are an important part of a thriving community. The more you know about food, diet and the planet, the more you can make informed choices for yourself and family. To that end, we fill our newsletter, On The Table, with helpful info about products, suppliers and activities. We host and sponsor fantastic cooking and wellness classes as well as knowledgeable speakers and workshops. We provide hundreds of recipes, pamphlets on special diets, ingredient alternatives, food preserving and more. We also love partnering with other organizations to raise awareness about food and environmental issues. Our staff are knowledgeable, caring and happy to provide you with product and nutritional information.

It’s easy to join.

Simply visit our Customer Service desk and let us know you would like to become a member-owner!

Signing up takes mere minutes at the Customer Service desk. Membership is only $50, which you can pay in 5 monthly installments of $10. Your membership benefits will be active as soon as you purchase your first share.

Want more information about becoming a member? Contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.