Our Progress

PHASE I - ORGANIZING

  • 2012
    • The Community Market, Inc. was incorporated and our Bylaws were written.
    • Owner drive began following Food Co-op Initiative’s development model with founding ownerships offered at an introductory rate of $100 per household.
    • The Community Market was awarded a SEED Grant through Food Co-op Initiative that provided funds for consulting fees through CDS Consulting Co-op, a cooperative of consults specifically for helping cooperative business startups.
  • 2013
    • First Annual Meeting was held.
    • Membership reaches 300 Owners!
    • Owner fee increased to $150 per household.

PHASE II - FEASIBILITY & PLANNING

    • Market Feasibility Study confirms that timing and location (Fuquay-Varina/Holly Springs area) will sustain a natural foods/food co-op retail store.
  • 2014
    • Board of Directors votes to approve name change from Fuquay-Varina Community Market to The Community Market to better encompass local consumer market area.
    • Logo updated to reflect new name.
    • 2nd Annual Meeting held
    • Ownership continues to grow at a slower, but steady, pace
    • Board of Directors votes to approve hire of an Outreach Coordinator to further grow membership base and allow for Board focus on Phase 2  tasks.
    • The Community Market Board of Directors plans and attends working business retreat with Ben Sandel, our consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op.
    • 1st Owners’ Dish event is held to give owners an opportunity to voice their opinion on how best to grow ownership base.
    • Ownership reaches 360+ owners and continues a steady growth.
    • The Community Market celebrates National Co-op Month in October by hosting tours at Chatham Marketplace, The Plant and several producer-owner farms.
    • “31 Facts in 31 Days” marketing campaign shared across social media sites in conjunction with Co-op Month.
    • Twitter & Pinterest accounts officially launch.
  • 2015
    • The co-op released it’s refreshed identity with a new logo design, tagline “Shop, Support, Sustain” and motto “Opt for the Co-op”.
    • T.A.G. Team (Taking Action Groups Team) is launched to encourage ownership involvement and recruit committee leadership.
    • First T.A.G. Team meetings are held with great success.
    • 3rd Annual Meeting is hosted at The Mill.
    • Membership base reaches 400+ owners and continues steady growth as awareness of the co-op increases.
    • Hundred Owner Harvest micro-campaign sets goal of increasing membership base by 100 new owners.

PHASE III - IMPLEMENTATION

  • 2016
    • Board retreat in February with CDS Consulting
    • Board members attended Co-op Cafe and Co-op 101 with CDS Consulting
    • Next goal of 500 owners is reached!
    • Explored 4 potential site locations, bringing total number of evaluated sites to 21.
    • 4th Annual Meeting hosted at Fainting Goat Brewery.
  • 2017
    • Board Retreat hosted in February with our consultant Ben Sandel from CDS Consulting.
    • Board members attended Co-op Cafe and Co-op 101 in Durham, NC w/CDS Consulting.
    • 5th Annual meeting hosted at Fainting Goat Brewery.
    • Continue to explore all possible commercial real estate opportunities and watch closely Town of Fuquay-Varina development projects on the horizon.

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