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Retailers cooperative

A retailers' cooperative is a business entity which employs economies of scale on behalf of its members to get discounts from manufacturers and to pool marketing. It is common for locally-owned grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies. It should be distinguished from a Consumers' cooperative, in which the consumers own and manage the store itself. It is a form of purchasing cooperative for retailers.

Examples of retailers cooperatives

Grocery stores

  • Affiliated Food Stores
  • Affiliated Foods Midwest
  • Affiliated Foods Southwest
  • Associated Food Stores
  • Associated Grocers
  • Associated Grocers of Florida
  • Associated Grocers of Louisiana
  • Associated Grocers of Maine
  • Associated Grocers of New England
  • Associated Grocers of the South
  • Associated Wholesale Grocers
  • Associated Wholesalers
  • Central Grocers Cooperative
  • Certco (food warehouse)
  • Certified Grocers Midwest
  • Co-operative Group
  • IGA (supermarkets)
  • Olean Wholesale Grocery
  • ShopRite
  • Shurfine
  • U.R.M. Stores
  • Unified Western Grocers
  • Wakefern Food Corporation
  • Western Family Foods


  • Good Neighbor Pharmacy
  • Family Pharmacy
  • Leader Drug Stores
  • United Drugs
  • Dakota Drug
  • Valu-Rite
  • Rexall (no longer a retailer)
  • IDL Drug Stores (defunct)

Hardware stores

  • Handy Hardware
  • Hardware Hank
  • Do It Best
  • True Value
  • Distribution America (Trustworthy Hardware, Sentry Hardware, Golden Rule Lumber Center, Priced Right Everyday)
  • Ace Hardware
  • PRO Hardware


  • National Automotive Parts Association
  • Reliable Distributors
  • Val-Test Distributors
  • Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)


  • Black Star Co-op (A brewpub based in Austin, TX)
  • Carpet One
  • Florists' Transworld Delivery (FTD)
  • Mr. Tire (Universal Cooperatives)
  • Wireless Nomad (A co-op ISP located in Toronto,Ontario,Canada)

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