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Since 1973

 

 
 
 

About Us

Our Ends

The “ends” concept—unique to Policy Governance®—designates the results for which the organization exists,
the recipients or beneficiaries of those results, and the worth of the results or the results for certain recipient
groups. In other words:

Why does the Co-op exist, for whom, and at what cost?

In contrast to the approaches typically used by boards, Policy Governance separates issues of organizational
purpose (ENDS) from all other organizational issues (MEANS), placing primary importance on those Ends.
The Keweenaw Co-op exists to sustain the physical and social health of our Owners, Customers, and Community
with:

  •  A resilient and ethical food infrastructure.

  •  Education, activism, and communication.

  •  Advantages of a cooperative business model.

From these Ends the Management Team develops a set of Strategic Directions—values and goals to guide future
store operations. The four statements of strategic direction include:

  1.  We are excellent operators, cooperators and stewards.

  2.  We fulfill the community’s demands for health and nutrition, ethical and sustainable goods, and great food.

  3.  We build honest relationships and provide a supportive shopping environment.

  4.  We educate and engage with people to encourage a healthy community.

Our History

The Keweenaw Co-op started in 1973 as a pre-order bulk-buying club to provide the community with natural and
organic foods that were otherwise not available at that time.

Our first home was the back room of Funkey’s Karma Cafe in downtown Houghton. The Co-op grew quickly,
outlived the restaurant, and soon moved to a small retail space in Hancock that operated with an all volunteer
staff. In 1986, after moving two more times, significantly increasing our product line, and supporting a paid staff,
the Co-op moved to the current location and opened as a “full-line grocery store”.

In 2010, by vote of the Membership, the Co-op reincorporated as a true cooperative. This change created a true
Ownership of the Co-op by requiring Owners to own a share of Co-op Common stock (Membership Stock). By
increasing our Owners’ economic participation and investment, we created a stronger and more financially sound
business.

Today, we remain the exclusive market for goods and services that appeal to consumers who have a meaningful
sense of environmental and social responsibility and incorporate those values into their buying decisions.

 
 

 

*Lentil Quinoa Stew w/Kale
*Veggie Chili
*Sweet Potato Red Curry

 

1035 Ethel Avenue
Hancock, MI 49930

906.482.2030 tel
906.482.7845 fax

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