SunCoast Market Co-op was awarded “Best of the Best” at the national Up & Coming Conference, on Saturday March 7, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin.
At this annual conference for startup food cooperatives, SunCoast was recognized for its exceptional use of best practices, leading to a huge leap forward in ownership growth in 2019. SunCoast’s strategies will help illuminate the way forward for peer co-ops across the country to reach new levels of success. Several of SunCoast’s elected board members attended the conference and Shannon Ratliff, board Vice President, accepted the award. She recognized the many local, committed owner-members and volunteers for their engagement in this grassroots effort and thanked national consultant groups and peer co-ops for their mentorship and support. SunCoast is part of a new wave of food cooperatives opening across the country, with over 100 in progress, reflecting the growing recognition of the importance of a healthy diet and sustainable agricultural practices.
SunCoast Market Co-op is a 100 percent community-owned grocery store opening in Imperial Beach that will increase access to local, healthy, and sustainable foods and products in IB and surrounding communities. Over 512 local households and businesses have already invested $200 to become cooperative owners in the store. SunCoast anticipates more than 1,200 owners by opening day. They will soon be announcing appointments to the Site Selection Team and will launch the search for a location in the coming weeks. Visit www.suncoastmarket.coop for more information.