Any business can be organized as a co-op. Grocery stores, credit unions, housing facilities, child daycares, and hospitals are all good examples of cooperatively run businesses.
Adhering to democratic principles, co-ops provide millions of jobs, stimulate the economy, and enhance the communities that they’re a part of.
While you are paying your installments in a timely manner you are considered a member-in-good-standing of the Oneota Co-op. All member/owner benefits are available to you. If a share installment is not received by March 1st of each year, the member/owner will no longer be considered ‘in good standing’. Member/owner benefits will not be received until payments are brought up-to-date.
Discounts apply to most products in the store. There are a handful of exclusions, listed here: Member Deals sale items, Co+op Deals sale items, milk, eggs, butter, magazines, wine, beer, fresh breads and pastries, and Café items.
Don’t forget about our Member/Owner Senior Discount! Any member/owners who have reached the age of 60 qualify for a 5% discount EACH Monday. Please alert a cashier if you qualify for this discount. We will add the information to your account and the discount will appear each Monday. All you have to do is remember to shop on Mondays!
Discounts may be used together. For example, a monthly discount could be used in combination with a senior discount on a Monday or a monthly discount could be used in combination with our Wellness Wednesday discount.
Wellness Wednesday occurs the FIRST Wednesday of each month. On this day all member/owners receive a 5% discount on all products in our Nutritional Supplements and Body Care departments. All you have to do is be a member-owner and shop on this day to receive the discount. Don’t forget you can also use your monthly discount on this day for extra savings.
Please be prepared to share your Driver’s license for all out-of-state and non-member/owner checks.
Member/owners may write checks for $20.00 over the amount of purchase.
For your convenience we have a Decorah Bank & Trust ATM located in our entryway. We encourage you to make a choice to use CASH on small purchases. This saves money in banking fees and allows us to focus resources on more important things.
If the full share still seems too large of an investment, we encourage you to check out our College Co-operator Program.
We also have a reusable container program in our Water Street Café. Get the low down on the Green Plate program here.
There are many ways to let us know your thoughts about the Oneota Co-op – and we really want to hear them! In-store there is a comment box at the Customer Service Desk. These comments are passed directly to our Management Team each week.
From our Contact Us page, you can email a specific staff person with your thoughts or simply fill out the form in the column to the right of the page. Or email@example.com with general information. We’ll make sure it gets to the right person.
Please also feel welcome to call us during our regular business hours at (563) 382-4666.
Vote. Oneota is a democratically controlled co-op. Owners take care of their investment by voting for their Board of Directors who can be trusted to oversee that the Co-op is run responsibly.
Talk to the Board. The Board wants to hear from you! Attend monthly Board meetings, held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm. Each meeting begins with Board learning, followed by member/owner comments at approximately 6:00 pm and the General meeting agenda. Meetings are held on the campus of Luther College in Valders Room 367 unless otherwise noted on the agenda. View the current meeting agenda here.
Run for a position on the Board. Elections are held annually starting in March. Contact the Board if you’d like to run for a position.