We Value Local
We Value People
We Value Community
Abundance is a member of the National Cooperative Grocers (NCG). The NCG connects us with co-ops across the country, allowing us to leverage with collective weight in national advocacy campaigns, like the Non-GMO Project. We’re also able to get competitive prices and great monthly sales on hundreds of products through this partnership, including the Co+Op Deals program.
The Abundance Food Co-op exists to provide safe, healthful, nutritious food and other products at a reasonable price to the Rochester community.
We strive to operate our business in a manner which supports a sustainable food system, sound ecological practices, responsible corporate practices, and just employment procedures.
We strive to be a community center which provides reliable food, education, and extraordinary customer service benefiting our shareholders, our shoppers, our neighborhood, and the whole community.
1998 - 1999
The Food Store at the Genesee Co-op on Monroe Avenue
We are Rochester’s first and only cooperatively-owned natural products retail grocer. We opened in 2001, but our history spans more than 40 years, beginning with the Genesee Co-op Natural Foodstore in 1968.
The Genesee Food Co-op evolved into what would become the Food Store at the Genesee Co-op on Monroe Avenue, which was situated on the bottom floor of an old fire station. Though it was not an actual cooperatively-owned store, it held many of the same values and was the first grocery stores to exclusively offer natural, healthy, and organic food to Rochester shoppers.
1999 - 2001
Abundance Cooperative Market first came into being in 1998, when a group of employees from the Food Store at the Genesee Co-op on Monroe Avenue (which was not a co-op) decided to set up Rochester’s first retail cooperative grocery store. These Rochesterians, our founders, were tireless advocates for the benefits a food co-op would bring to their community. Their first goal towards realizing their vision was to raise money for the purchase of a retail space.
They raised $50,000 in the first two years, but twice that amount was needed. While they campaigned, one of the co-opers, Peggy Rosenthal, set up a small buyers’ club that operated from a storefront on Caroline Street in Rochester’s South Wedge neighborhood. A vote within the group was held for a name–they chose Abundance Buyers’ Club.
2001 - 2017
Rochester’s First Co-Op Opens
After a long search and lot of sweat, the Abundance Buyers’ Club found an old car maintenance facility on 62 Marshall Street that looked like the perfect place to open a retail store. Abundance Cooperative Market welcomed its first shopper on April 3, 2001. We even remember her name: Liz Litwiller.
Abundance’s first shareholders were committed to making the store work. They did countless tasks–from carpentry and electrical fitting to getting the word out in the Rochester community about the new store–to make that first day of business possible. The Abundance Grand Opening was held on Earth Day, 2001. Then Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson and County Legislator Bill Benet spoke to everyone who came to celebrate the momentous occasion.
Today’s Abundance Food Co-op was realized by people in Rochester who wanted change: healthier food and a better, more sustainable food system. Today, shareholders, shoppers, and staff alike are ever grateful for their vision and work.
2017 - Present Day
The Co-Op moves to the South Wedge
After many years of searching for a new location a long term lease was signed at 571 South Ave. The construction and opening of the new store was a long and stressful process but the reward was well worth it.
The new store is much larger and in a better location than the original store on Marshall St. Shareholders and staff alike are happy to be located in the center of the South Wedge neighborhood and better serving the grocery needs of the community.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
About the Co-Op
What is a co-op?
Is the co-op a non-profit?
What’s the difference between a grocery co-op and other grocery store?
What type of business organization is the co-op?
How can I make a donation request?
I am a customer. Can I recommend a product to sell at your store?
I am a local food maker. Who can I talk to about getting my product in your store?
How can I rent the Community Room?
It is available to Shareholders for free, non-shareholders for $25/hour and to non-profits for $10/hour.
DUE TO COVID 19 – OUR CAFE AND COMMUNITY ROOMS ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Becoming a Shareholder
What is a Shareholder/Owner?
Do I have to be a Shareholder to shop?
What’s the benefit of becoming a Shareholder?
- Help build a stronger local economy and community
- Choose one day a month to get 10% off of your purchase on most regularly priced items*
- Get discounts on special orders
- Take advantage of owner-only deals
- Share in the profits: receive possible dividend payouts relative to how much you spend
- Vote for candidates to join the Board of Directors at annual meetings
- Vote on bylaw amendments and other items as proposed by the Board of Directors
- Run to be elected to the Board of Directors
*Discount does not apply to items already on sale or at a reduced price. Some low margin items, like eggs, milk and beer are also not included.
How do I become a Shareholder?
What is a patronage dividend and how do I get one?
About Shopping Here
What forms of payment do you accept?
Do you accept EBT? WIC?
What kinds of items do you carry?
Can I bring my own containers to shop bulk?
What are your hours of operation?
Tuesday 9:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM — 8:00 PM
On days we conduct inventory we open at 11 AM. In 2020 these dates are January 3, March 27, June 26 and October 2.
What Holidays are you closed?
Can I bring my pet/animal/service animal into the co-op?
How can I place a special order?
Where are you located?
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