Become an Owner
SLO Natural Foods Co-op is open to the public and everyone is welcome to shop here. However, becoming an owner has some key benefits, including:
- Voting and/or running for Board of Director seats
- Participating in a member-owned, health-focused alternative to corporate-owned groceries
- Patronage Dividends in profitable years, as Board recommends
- Special Member-Owner sales
- Everyday (3.5%) and one double discount (7%) per month on all non-sale items
- Savings on special orders through UNFI (see Special Orders below)
The cost of one equity share is $300.00, payable in $25.00 annual installments every January until fully paid. If you prefer, you can invest the entire $300.00 when you first sign up and you’ll receive a $30.00 gift certificate. There is also a one-time, non-refundable $10.00 processing fee the first year you join. Once you have paid $300 you are fully vested, but all the benefits described above will be enjoyed with your initial payment.
If you should ever move or elect to discontinue shopping at SLO Natural Foods Co-op, you can request and will receive a full refund of the equity money you have invested.
Membership forms are available here or at the Co-op. We're currently not able to accept payment online, but upon payment at the register you’ll receive your Membership card and your savings will start right away.
Your investment in a membership provides SLO Natural Foods Co-op with funds for capital improvements and growth and helps ensure our financial soundness. Buying from the Co-op not only supports our local producers but keeps your money right here in our community.
With your help we can continue to serve you and the San Luis Obispo natural health community. Thank you for your support!
SLO Natural Foods Co-op offers a generous special order policy to both shoppers and owners. Anyone can place special orders but owners receive more substantial discounts and the more you order, the greater your savings. Special order savings are available on all products from our primary distributor, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI).
Special Order Policies
- Orders received by Sunday close-of-business will be available the following Thursday.
- Holidays or extenuating circumstances may affect regular ordering and receiving days.
- Orders are placed in bulk or full case quantities from UNFI.
- Items sold as 'each' (such as vitamins and supplements) require a minimum purchase of four units.
- Customers will be called only if their order does not arrive.
- Special orders are non-returnable.
- UNFI charges a 15% restocking fee for mis-ordered items.
Special Orders from UNFI
General Special Orders
- Owners pay regular wholesale price +25%.
- Non-owners pay regular wholesale price +35%.
Buyers Circle (for Owners only)
For wholesale order amounts over $300, SLO Natural Foods Co-op offers even better savings:
- $300 - $999 Wholesale price + 18%
- $1,000 + Wholesale price + 10%
Business-to-Business Partners (for Owners only)
Our business-to-business markup begins at wholesale + 15%. Please contact General Manager Gwen Schmidt for more information.
Special Orders from Other Suppliers
We offer discounts on a sliding scale when owners place special orders from other direct distributors. Some of these suppliers may have minimum order requirements or shipping charges. Please speak with one of our team members for more information.