SunCoast Market Co-op is a grassroots effort to open a community-owned, full-service cooperative grocery store in Imperial Beach, California. SunCoast is part of a resurgence in food cooperatives across America that are strengthening local food systems, increasing access to healthy food, and providing needed retail outlets for small local farms and producers.
To learn more about co-ops and how they are different, watch the video below and visit our What is a Co-op? page.
We envision a healthy community, with access to quality food in a vibrant and welcoming market, where anyone can be an owner and everyone can shop.
To provide a customer-owned food cooperative offering natural, local, and organic products at reasonable prices while supporting the local economy, providing food education, and advocating for environmentally sustainable practices.
How grocery co-ops are built:
The store is owned and controlled by community members, not outside investors, so our steps to opening day are based on the number of people who join and the progress of fundraising efforts. Funds are raised through grants, donations, and loans and the projected cost to open SunCoast Market is $3.2 million dollars. Our goal is 1400 owners by opening day.
To join, households purchase owner shares for $200 (either paid in full or in $10 installments). For those with financial hardship, we offer a Membership Assistance Program to help cover some of the costs.
You can support this amazing effort by becoming an owner today! We need the voice of invested owners as we make important decisions for our store. Owners have a say in the products, standards, and values held by the store, and are eligible for owner discounts and shopping rebates during profitable years.Become an owner Membership Assistance Program FAQs