Weaver Street Market is part of a worldwide movement of businesses that use the cooperative model to meet individual and community needs. Unlike stores that are owned by out-of-town corporations, Weaver Street is owned locally by our customers and employees. We have 18,000 consumer households and 200 employee owners, each with their individual tastes and interests but all sharing the purpose of helping our co-op and our community thrive.
The key to Weaver Street’s cooperative model is the relationship with our owners, made up of shared economics, shared community, and shared knowledge.
WSM exists to provide an economic benefit for our owners that they couldn’t get otherwise. For consumers, this means hand-selected foods that taste the best, are the most healthful, come from trusted producers, and are a good value. Because Weaver Street is a co-op, the priority is to be the buying agent for our owners, not a selling agent for national brands.
For employees, shared economics means that Weaver Street provides not just a job but a career with good pay, good benefits, and an opportunity to make a difference.
Weaver Street Market is a community gathering place as well as a food store—a place to connect with friends, enjoy a meal, discover new foods, and attend fun events. In many ways, Weaver Street brings back the food market as not only an economic institution but also as a social occasion. Weaver Street improves the vibrancy of the downtowns in which our stores are located.
As we move forward and make plans as a co-op, we rely on shared knowledge. What do our owners want? What are the opportunities in the food economy? What is WSM’s approach today, and how is it changing over time?
The WSM Board wants to hear your ideas about enhancing the relationship between WSM and our owners. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.