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SunCoast Co-op Market Invites Imperial Beach Community to an Eat & Greet Social on February 2nd at Seaside Candy

Jan 20, 2018 09:25PM ● By Paul Spear

SunCoast Co-op Market would like to invite the community to an Eat & Greet Social on February 2nd at 6 p.m.

SunCoast Co-op Market would like to invite the community to an Eat & Greet Social on February 2nd at 6:00pm at Seaside Candy, 150 Palm Avenue, Imperial Beach. Seaside Candy has generously offered their space for this event. The Eat & Greet is open to anyone in the South Bay who is interested in finding out more about this effort to open a natural foods grocery store in Imperial Beach that is, as one owner stated, "by the people, for the people!" With a co-op, I.B. can create the store that the community wants and deserves. The interest in the event is high, so everyone is encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible. This will be a fun and informative event with a brief presentation and  opportunities to ask questions. Food and beverages are provided and there will be raffle prizes.  There will also be a membership station, with laptops and tablets, so that people can sign up to be owners at the event. People can RSVP at or by email at

Healthy Grocery Initiative
If you haven't heard yet, there has been a Healthy Grocery Initiative going on in Imperial Beach for awhile now with the goal of opening a Co-op Market (Grocery Store) that will bring locally grown, natural foods and healthy living classes to Imperial Beach and the surrounding communities. This summer they finally launched a drive to raise funds to make the Co-op a reality.

SunCoast Co-op Market came about in November of 2015 as the Healthy Grocery Initiative as a grassroots effort to open a community-owned, cooperative,

grocery store in Imperial Beach, California. SunCoast is part of a resurgence in consumer food cooperatives across America that are strengthening local food systems, increasing access to healthy food for all residents, and providing needed retail outlets for small local farms and producers.

Memberships in Co-op Available

Although the Founders Club has been filled and the 100 investor milestone has been reach and over $20,000 raised, its still not to late to invest in the co-op. Shares sell for $100 each and a minimum of 2 shares must be purchased. A person may purchase up to 10 shares, however, no matter how many shares any investor has they are limited to one vote on any matters that come up that require voting. If you would like to invest but don't have $200, they have a plan that will allow you to pay $50 quarterly.

Outreach & Volunteer Training Update
At the Outreach & Volunteer training on January 18th, SunCoast Co-op Market gained five new volunteers to help with activities such as outreach, events, and volunteer coordination. The workshop participants discussed how to describe what a co-op is and how it works and also reviewed the types of questions residents typically ask. SunCoast is an all-volunteer effort and participants also learned about ways they can volunteer to help this community-driven effort. Volunteers are needed to help with social media, photography, data entry, events, committees and more. Anyone who is interested in finding out about volunteering with SunCoast can send an email to or leave a message at 619-869-7040.

Kim Rivero Frink, President

SunCoast Co-op Market (IB Healthy Grocery Initiative)
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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 



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