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About Us

A Cooperative, First and Foremost

We are a  natural foods consumer-owned cooperative grocery store located in the far reaches of northern California, surrounded by redwood trees where the mountains meet the sea. With one location in Eureka and one in Arcata, we feel fortunate to live in a place of immense beauty while serving the needs of our Humboldt County community.

A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically controlled enterprise.

Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.

As a cooperative business, we adhere to these principles:

  • Voluntary and Open Membership 
  • Democratic Member Control 
  • Member Economic Participation 
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training, and 
  • Information 
  • Cooperation Among Co-ops 
  • Concern for Community

Learn more about the international cooperative principles on our Cooperative Principles page.

Our Mission
North Coast Co-op is a member-owned organization guided by the cooperative principles. As a leader in our community we emphasize a diverse selection of products while engaging members through consumer education, community building, and environmental responsibility.