Is there room in Conway for a Co-Operative Grocery Store?

I have had the privilege to live in other states and one thing I found while living in the Madison, Wisconsin was not only the ability to purchase alcohol on Sunday, and in grocery stores was the ability to shop at a co-op grocery store.The particular store was called Willy Street Co-Op and it was marketed toward the vegan / organic consumers and the set for a internet web series. "Chad Vader" which was based on a what if idea where Darth Vader had a younger brother named Chad who was the night manager of a grocery store? Anyway, I am getting away from my point.

I was wondering if there could exist a possibility to launch a Co-Op grocery store in town. What could be purchased from such a store would be up to the co-op members but I am thinking such a store would deliver an option for those who would love to walk into a storefront and by local as opposed to what the larger chains offer.

Sure we already have a group that sells locally grown food, but wouldn't it be nice to have a place that would be opened Sunday thru Saturday from 8am to 9pm (or later) where Petit Jean Meats were offered at a reasonable price or the countless other local foods being produced right here in Arkansas.

Such a store could also offer community services built on the Saint Vincent De Paul's food pantry model that would give food away to those who meet predetermined financial poverty levels that would typically be thrown away by the larger chain stores before the food expired.

So, the question is who wants to open a co-operative grocery store that delivers and other services like food pantry for the needy? I think Arkansas could use one or more?

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Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 06/26/14 - 08:24 am
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Oh yeah

I'm thinking a co-op would fly well in this town.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 06/26/14 - 10:16 am
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A co-op would be great

A co-op would be great but a private market espousing the same ideas may also work. Some co-ops have started as buying clubs and eventually worked up to having a storefront. Here is a site with a lot of information about how to form a buying club:
http://www.wholeshare.com/

Budnmud
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Budnmud 06/26/14 - 10:38 am
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Me thinks

Didn't somebody do that in Conway a couple years ago and they distributed food boxes to members in the Salem Church parking lot on Salem rd?

No store front...

Maybe my dementia working against me again...

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 06/27/14 - 10:31 am
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Got a touch of the

Got a touch of the sometimers?

Budnmud
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Budnmud 06/27/14 - 10:39 am
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Beats me

what were we talking about anyways....

ConwayFan
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ConwayFan 07/17/14 - 04:28 pm
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Random

Has anyone lived here long enough to remember Bob's Drive Through Grocery next to the old Ryan's location?

Budnmud
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Budnmud 07/18/14 - 07:53 am
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Nobody

Nobody on these blogs is old enough to remember that, if we were we wouldn't remember it anyway....

Diogenes
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Diogenes 07/18/14 - 11:17 am
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How long ago do you consider "old"?

Was this a short live enterprise that perhaps operated out of the old Wilson Truck Repair garage (now a windshield glass place), late 70's or early 80's?

ConwayFan
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ConwayFan 07/18/14 - 01:43 pm
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Hmmmmm

"Was this a short live enterprise that perhaps operated out of the old Wilson Truck Repair garage (now a windshield glass place), late 70's or early 80's?"

I was thinking it was late 80's early 90's....?

Budnmud
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Budnmud 07/18/14 - 03:36 pm
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That aint old

I got shoes I bought in the 80s..... wearing em now....

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