Building a Community-Owned Grocery Store
The Assabet Co-op Market is opening a community-owned, full-service grocery store in Maynard that serves the entire Metro West region. Our mission is to support the regional food system; strengthen the local economy; promote the well-being of our members, our community, and the environment; and be a center of community activity.
The co-op began when a group of people met in 2012 to talk about opening a community-owned grocery store. The group expanded, began selling memberships, and raised seed funds.
We obtained our market study in June 2015 and found that Maynard is the ideal location for a thriving co-op – it’s surrounded by farms, surrounded by towns that value local food, and at the intersections of routes 2, 117, 27, and 62. The studies determined that we can support a 6,000-10,000-square-foot store with an adjacent parking lot. This size allows for a full-service grocery store where customers can do their weekly shopping.
Where are we now?
We have signed our lease at 86 Powder Mill Road in Maynard and construction is underway! More than 2,100 Owners from more than 40 towns have joined, and we’ve raised $2M in Capital Campaign owner loans.
What comes next?
We will open our doors in spring/summer 2023! Unfortunately, manufacturing delays and an 80% increase in construction costs have left a sizable funding gap. To open on solid financial footing, we need you, our owners and supporters, to come together now and support our shared values around local farms, healthy food access, and the environment …
To start, you can join more than 2,100 friends by becoming a co-op owner today. Owner benefits are awesome! Already an owner, or just want to help? Massachusetts residents can support our Bridge the Gap Campaign with a tax-deductible donation! Learn more by heading here.