As one of the most coveted spots in the Slope, the Park Slope Food Coop is revealed to be one of the toughest tickets to get in town. According to a recent story in The Wall Street Journal (1) the Park Slop Food Coop is “one of the nation’s busiest food cooperatives.” They also have a “policy limiting orientations to 70 new members a week.” This has lead to a loyalty which borders on the insane, an amazing amount of backing up, and a membership signup window of “only like 60 seconds.”
The Park Slope Food Coop was formed in 1973 and has 6000 square feet “crammed with everything from locally sourced salsa and arugula to yucca grown in Costa Rica and cheeses made in Europe.”
People need to dedicate their $100 first time sign up fee, $25 joining fee and “the infamous 2.45 hour volunteer shift every four weeks.” The crazy thing about this is that even after people leave Brooklyn, they keep their membership. Montclair New Jersey, Shohola Pennsylvania, and even further away is where these folks are traveling from to get their reasonably priced groceries and work their shifts.
With growing sales, increased loyalty, and devotion to such an extreme it’s a wonder that the Park Slope Food Coop doesn’t push the replication of its success elsewhere.