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Benefits & Incentives of Co-op Ownership

Prosperity through a Cooperative Economy

By becoming a Member-Owner of People's you become an owner of a local business!  Being a co-op owner helps to strengthen the community by supporting the cooperative movement and sustainable business practices;  local food systems through our direct market focus; fair trade through our rigorous sourcing and the presence of collective management models.

Patronage Dividend

As a Member-Owner you are eligible to receive a small percentage of the total amount of money you spend at People's each year.  When the store has a profit at the end of the year, our Finance team and Board of Directors determines what can be returned to the Member-Owners while sustaining a financially healthy position for the co-op.

True Democracy

Vote in our annual Board of Directors and People's Cooperative Community Fund elections as well as on broad scale issues as they come up.  Through co-op ownership, nobody can can own more than one share meaning that each vote is weighed equally.

Opportunity to Participate

We have a unique Hands-on-Owner program that allows you to work in the store in exchange for a discount on your purchases.  (See Hands-on-Owner program on the left navigation bar for more details.)

Free Yoga and Community Room Classes

Every week offers six yoga classes and two tai chi and qi gung classes.  Throughout the month, you will find a variety of cooking, wellness, gardening and sustainablility classes.  Also as a Member-Owner, you have access to rent the community room for the low hourly rate of $10/hour.  (see community room and events for more details)

Discounts through the Supporting Business Program

Discounts at over 40 participating businesses including restaurants, bike shops, tattoo artists, health practioners and more.  Pick up the supporting business guide in the store or check the website for the most up to date additions.

Special Discounts

Member-Owners receive 5% coupons throughout the year, patronage dividend vouchers (when appropriate), newsletters with coupons and other special offers throughout the year.

Excellent Product Selection Guidelines

Healthy shopping is easier at People's.  We buy local and organic whenever possible.  No articial flavors, colors or preservatives; no trans-fats; no parabens in the body care products; no meat (for human consumption); all  coffee, chocolate and tea is fair trade.  We read the labels so that you don't have to!  (Read our complete product selection guidelines under the 'Shopping at People's' tab)

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