Renaissance Begins Soft Open Ahead of Grand Opening Events

masthead-12.14.15The paint is dry, the shelves are stocked and, after several years of hard work, northeast Greensboro’s Renaissance Community Cooperative has opened for business! The RCC’s “soft launch” period, which began Friday October 14, provides an opportunity for the staff to get real-time training ahead of the grand opening celebration November 4-5.

You can learn more about the soft open in this news report from FOX8. If you would like to attend the grand opening events and learn more about the history of this community-driven initiative, please check out this post.

RCC Story Demonstrates Power of Cooperation, Community Organizing

The Renaissance Community Cooperative announced this week that it will hold its grand opening ceremonies November 4-5 on Phillips Avenue in Northeast Greensboro. The 10,530 square foot community-owned retail grocery will serve as an anchor to the revitalized Renaissance Shops. The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the RCC, which will bring healthy, affordable sources of food to the neighborhood.   Continue reading

Coastal CEO Memo Underscores Cooperative Difference

The revelation of Wells Fargo’s opening of more than two million bogus accounts has dominated the headlines for a week now. The scandal has led to more than 5,300 employee firings, and bank CEO John Stumpf apologized in an appearance before the Senate Banking Committee today.

Meanwhile, the CEO of Coastal Federal Credit Union is making a statement of his own. The memo from Chuck Purvis, released to staff at the Raleigh-based financial institution late Monday, underscores perfectly the clear contrast between the  member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative structure versus a for-profit, investor owned institution like Wells.  Continue reading

Say Cheese! Cabot Community Tour Comes to Carolina

Cabot Farmer-Owner Tammy Barnes (left) and SVP of Marketing Roberta MacDonald talk about Cabot’s Gratitude Grill, which served lunch at Coastal Federal Credit Union Monday, September 12, 2016. The Coastal FCU event is part of a month-long series of events in the Carolinas in partnership with the Cooperative Council of North Carolina.

Cabot, a New England-based dairy cooperative owned by 1.200 farm families, is serving up food, fellowship and smiles in the Carolinas! Cabot’s 2016 Community Tour includes a series of events in North Carolina and South Carolina through early October. Continue reading