Please join us in celebrating our 10,000th Co-op Owner, Cheryle San Miguel! This is no small feat. When Ashland Community Food Store began its journey to convert to a true cooperative enterprise by January 1st, 2003, we could not have predicted we would have 10,000 owners 12 years later. On our first day of business as Ashland Food Cooperative, there was a long line of people waiting to make their first equity investment in a business they had known and trusted since 1972. Since then the number of owners has steadily increased.
Cheryle is a very new resident of Ashland, having recently moved from California’s Bay Area. Becoming an AFC owner was one of the first things she did upon her arrival. Why? “Because the first time I walked into the Co-op, it was like a heavenly experience,” Cheryle said. To her, making her $100 equity investment to own her share of the Co-op was “the coolest thing,” second only to her actually “winning” the gift basket for being the 10,000th owner. She noted that once she started shopping, she “couldn’t wait to get to shop here every week.” Our non-corporate nature is one of the things that attracted her to the Co-op. She also loves how the place smells. “You can actually smell food when you walk in, like fresh greens, deli food and onions. Not the smell of heating vents and packaging,” she said. “Ownership has meaning. You can ask a question and someone will answer it and they’ll consider your suggestions.”
Please join us in welcoming Cheryle to our movement. Perhaps we’ll be meeting our 11,000th owner sooner than expected! And, as always, we are stronger together!