Growing Forward


There’s an Exciting Project on the Horizon!

Co-ops offer a better way of doing business, with a focus on more than just profit.
We’re a business with a mission. When we grow, we do more good for our community.

Our growth strengthens the local economy, allows us to offer more local, organic, sustainable food, and continues to create a more diverse and inclusive community.

Check out our latest blog post about the proposed relocation and expansion.

Why grow?

Our West End store has many physical drawbacks, including cramped aisles, an inefficient layout, and an unsafe parking lot. It’s our flagship store, accounting for about 75% of our sales and we are completely out of space. Read our Feasibility Study about the proposed relocation and expansion project. 

But I love the Co-op, why change it?

We love the Co-op too, and growth has become necessary for us to stay competitive and ensure we can be part of the Ithaca community for another 47 years. Each year our expenses rise and our sales must grow so that we can stay in business, continue to support community organizations and local farmers, and offer the excellent wages and benefits to over 200 staff members!

What would growth mean to you?

Your Co-op would improve drastically! We’d more than double our sales area, have wider aisles, increased product selection, more parking, and more seating in our café!

When would the new West End store open?

Our goal is to open the doors of our beautiful new store in December 2019.

What can you do to help?

If you’re an owner, you can vote “YES!” in the upcoming special vote. GreenStar’s owners must approve any long-term leases for the Co-op, and the project will be presented for an owner vote from March 11 – 31. As the plan develops, we’ll be giving you more information, including a budget and business plan, so that you can make an informed expansion vote

Have more questions?

Read the Feasibility Study on the proposed expansion and relocation. Contact expansion@greenstar.coop for more information.

With your help, GreenStar will keep achieving its goals for a stronger local economy, more local food, and honoring the diversity of our community!