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Cards & Cash at the Co-op

Common Ground Owners;

Recently, I had the opportunity to do an analysis of Common Ground's credit/debit card processing fees. I had not looked at these numbers for years and found them fascinating, a bit painful, and thought you might also find them interesting.

For years the grocery industry resisted accepting credit cards, fearful of the costs. The banks lowered the rate for grocery stores and eventually the food industry joined the bandwagon. There is no going back as you will see in the following bullet point details.

Election Results: Board & Round Up For Good

Owner Election Results

2017 Board of Directors Results

560 voters (457 electronic ballot voters, 103 paper ballot voters)

4 available Board of Directors slots (Three 3 year terms and One 1 year term)


Karen Carney, 336 votes, elected to a 3 year term.

Karen Medina, 326 votes, elected to a 3 year term.

Magdalena Casper-Shipp, 238 votes, elected to a 3 year term.

What Can You Do for Your Co-op?

By Sam Ihm, Promotions Coordinator

The buzz is all about our competition these days because local products have become a focus at big box stores. Co-ops like ours, who’ve always focused on local, are losing the money that the “big boys” are raking in. In these trying times, it’s ever more important that our community-owned store has community support.


So, what can you do? Here’s a list to get you started.

Common Ground Return Policy

The following policies become effective Wednesday February 1, 2017.

The purpose of our return policy is to promote customer satisfaction while setting reasonable and fiscally responsible boundaries for refunds and exchanges.

Common Ground will accept returns with a receipt within:

October 2016 Customer Comments

Hello! Apparently it is fun and fine to fantasize. I fantasize that a Common Ground co-op will come to North Carolina. Fine right? P.s. Thanks for the water fountain!

Hehehe! We hope we one day can expand and we are glad to know you want to bring the co-op home with you! Keep dreaming, we hope we can make them come true!


I love this place. Love Love Love. We sometimes shop here. I love the dried fruit collections!

Oh! Dried fruit, especially in the bulk section, it is delightful. Several of the staff really enjoy the dried mangos!


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