One of many consumer cooperatives started during the years of the Great Depression, the Hanover Consumer Co-op is now among the oldest in the United States. In January of 1936, 17 Hanover and Norwich residents formed the Hanover Consumerís Club. Initially, members of the fledgling co-op pooled orders for potatoes, oranges, and maple syrup and arranged for discounts of gasoline and fuel oil with local suppliers. A year later, co-op members incorporated as the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society and opened a small retail store in a basement on Hanoverís Main Street. By mid-2000, membership in the Co-op stood at 20,000 households representing over 30,000 individual members.
Now the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society operates the Co-op Food Stores, Co-op Community Food Market, and Co-op Service Center. These businesses are operated for the benefit of our members and community. During more than 60 years of operation, the products and services offered by the co-op have changed in response to the changing needs of our members.
Both Co-op Food Stores offer an extraordinary selection of products including natural and organic produce and meats, a complete selection of brand-name and store label groceries, natural health and body care, wines and cheeses, and a wide variety of local products.
Our new Co-op Market is under construction. It will be an environmentally friendly building and feature a much broader product line. Plans call for a real produce section, a deli, and expanded frozen food, meat, and prepared foods sections. There will be seating for patrons, as well.
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