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Everyone can shop, but we would love for you to join!

Investing in Community

Everyone can shop, but we would love for you to join!

Member-owners are what make us a co-op! By joining North Coast Co-op, you are contributing to an organization that promotes and supports the sustainable development of our community, including local agriculture, food producers and other local products.  Learn more on our Good Stuff We Do page.

While becoming a member-owner is only a one-time membership share investment of $25, we encourage further investment. Member-owner investments allow us to operate without relying on a bank for loans, make improvements to our facilities, fulfill our mission and meet the objectives of our Strategic Plan. Visit our Strategic Plan page to learn more.

There are three investment levels:

  • Class A Membership Shares—To join North Coast Co-op, you must purchase a $25 Class A Share. This makes you a voting member-owner and eligible for the benefits of membership. Find our more on our Membership Benefits page.

  • Class B Sustaining Shares—Additional investment in shares are made in B shares.  B Shares are sold in $10 increments and member-owners become Fair Share members by investing $300 in Class B Shares.

  • Class C Investment Shares—Fair Share member-owners are eligible to invest in dividend-earning Class C Shares, also sold in $10 increments. Dividend rates are set by the Board of Directors. Individual membership investments in Class C Shares are limited to $50,000. Read our Frequently Asked Questions online on our Investment FAQs page or download the Investing in Your Co-op brochure for more information.

Member-owners may withdraw their membership, and receive the full amount of their share investment minus a $5 processing fee, in accordance with North Coast Co-op Bylaws and withdrawal policy. Visit our Bylaws page for more information.

We hope you will consider becoming a Fair Share member-owner! When you are ready to invest, visit Customer Service at either store or contact our Membership Coordinator  (707) 822-5947 x 234.