Welcome to Central Co-op! We're two full-service natural foods groceries open to everyone, 7 days a week.
We're also an independent, democratically-governed Solidarity cooperative, which means we are owned by people who shop and work here. We're dedicated to sustainable practices, community accountability, and the local food economy.
We source from local farmers and producers whenever possible, and we work to add energy to the good food movement. We're known as a resource for ethically-produced, healthful foods and products, and up-to-the-minute information about personal and environmental health.
Visit our stores and here's what you'll find:
You can own these grocery stores!
Anyone can join Central Co-op and become an owner, and be part of our community-driven groceries. Central Co-op owners get personal and collective benefits from co-owning and supporting a successful independent business that's rooted in our community, and ownership is affordable.
But you don't have to be an owner to shop! Central Co-op is open to everyone.
So what sets us apart from other grocers?
In this age of mass-produced food and economic inequality, Central Co-op continues to hold a place not occupied by conventional food retailers.
We provide our communities with good food at great prices, while aligning with grassroots organizations to support the well-being of our community. We strive to improve our community's access to the nutritious, sustainably-produced food it needs, through our owner benefits, thoughtful pricing programs, and community activities. Through strategic sponsorships and partnerships, we seek to bolster our regional food economy. And through our worker and consumer ownership and strategic collaboration with other cooperatives, we promote cooperativism around Puget Sound and beyond.
The Twelve Central Co-op Principles
Co-ops share vision and culture! Central Co-op is guided by the following twelve principles. The first seven are based on the International Cooperative principles, followed by most co-ops, and the additional five were adopted by Central Co-op in late 2015.
Like the sound of all that? Join the Co-op!