Green Top Grocery is celebrating its one year anniversary this weekend. The community owned store is urging everyone in the area to come by and experience the new renovations, deals and promotions.
“We are looking forward to major expansions over the next year in terms of sales growth and product selection,” said Michael Gorman, Board Director. “We are really transforming the way that we do business, this is our one year anniversary this weekend and we are saying this is a new year and a new co-op.”
The market is known as a co-op because it is community owned. Over 1700 people in the Bloomington-Normal area made a one time purchase of $200 to have a share in the company.
Many perks come with being an owner but none bigger than being able to have a say in what goes on in your grocery store. Gorman says that he has now added an extra banana product, on top of already having one, because the owners said that they wanted it. But to customers, even that isn’t the most important perk.
“I like investing in something local and this is very very local” said Darren Humphreys, a regular customer since its opening last year. “It doesn’t get any more local than this.”
Locality is something the company prides itself on and being able to help the community’s economy is what they are most proud of.
“The other stores in the area that are corporately owned, their value is the bottom line” said Tim Sullivan, Interim General Manager. “But for a co-op (like this one) that is not true, we are more about healthy organic food, our local suppliers, the community and catering to that community.”
To be apart of the one year celebration visit Green Top Grocery on Washington St. in Bloomington this weekend. To learn how to be a an owner, visit http://greentopgrocery.com/ownership/become-an-owner/.