Granite City Grocery exists to benefit the people who live, shop, and work in Barre. We are a co-operatively owned center of sustainable commerce, serving as a welcoming and accessible downtown grocery store, offering a broad range of high quality food products for a fair price with a commitment to outstanding service.
Granite City Grocery envisions a vibrant, affordable, and healthy downtown Barre where all people - no matter where they live or what their financial means - have access to the resources and support they seek to achieve their goals.
Open To All: We are open to all members of the community; everyone can shop and anyone can become an owner.
Sustainability: We are committed to sustainable business practices that ensure we are a resource for the community for generations to come.
Community: We are committed to serving as a community hub where anybody can gather, connect, grow and learn through education, training and information.
Co-operation: We are committed to upholding the Seven Cooperative Principles which include:
Voluntary and Open Membership - Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability discrimination.
Democratic Member Control - Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
Members’ Economic Participation - Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.
Autonomy and Independence - Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.
Education, Training and Information - Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
Cooperation among Cooperatives - Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
Concern for Community - While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.