“A group of dedicated foodies”
The Boise Co-op is a member owned cooperative, founded in 1973 by a
few dozen individuals who were brought together by a mutual interest and
excitement in buying healthy, great tasting food for a reasonable
price. They formed a small, food-buying club tucked away in the back
room of the El-Ada community outreach center where they remained until
February of 1975.
In 1975 the Boise Co-op opened at 1513 N. 13th street,
taking over the basic dirt-floor storefront that served to house the
Salvation Army originally. This new store provided primarily bulk foods,
stored in barrels, as well as sandwiches on bread baked fresh daily;
there was no wine or beer nor meat for sale and very limited perishables
available at that time as refrigeration was limited. Still the Boise
Co-op flourished in this Hyde Park location, growing from a handful of
dedicated clientele and volunteers to a store that had become the
reliable resource for tasty and nutritious foods for hundreds of locals
seeking a healthy alternative to the larger, faceless grocery stores
popping up throughout the area.
In 1984 the Boise Co-op moved to its third location at Hill Road and
Harrison Blvd. Although its floor space quadrupled, this new location
became very crowded very quickly as it allowed the Co-op the opportunity
to expand to include an ample produce department, wine and beer sales, a
supplements and vitamins area as well as a partial deli – all packed
within approximately 6000 square feet. With no more than 21 parking
spaces available for the several hundred Co-op members.
Now located in 26,000 square feet, the Co-op still uses every
available space for shopping, stocking and housing our staff. Every
department has expanded over the past decade and a half to provide a
greater variety and product availability, perhaps the most dramatic
example of which being the wine and beer department. By 2007 the beer
and wine department had expanded into roughly ¼ of the floor space for
the entire store, at which point it became evident that a satellite
location must be formed – thus the wine department opened its own
independent Wine Shop across the parking lot from the main store. The Boise Co-op Wine Shop has
the finest selection of local wines as well as wines available from the
finest wineries throughout the world. The beer department, still
located in the main Co-op store, has the finest selection of domestic
and import beers in the entire state and stands alone in providing
exceptional, one-of-a-kind brews on a daily basis.customers, it was
evident that this location would not permanently suffice. By 1996 Co-op
sales had more than quadrupled once more and the cooperative made its
move to its current location at 888 W. Fort St – taking over the site of
a beleaguered old M & W market.
Today the Boise Co-op has come to be relied upon to provide its
customers with a thorough assortment of eclectic items and products from
both local and international vendors. With a permanent eye on
ecological impact, environmentally friendly and healthy alternatives,
the Boise Co-op allows customers to shop with conscience. In the years
since its humble beginnings the Co-op membership has grown to over
40,000 dedicated patrons. Come visit us today!
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