Near East Side Cooperative Market

The Near East Side Cooperative Market (NESCM) is a for-profit cooperative business formed for the benefit of its members and community. It exists to increase the accessibility of fresh, healthful food to the Near East Side and greater Columbus, Ohio. By creating a year round market place, NESCM will connect consumers and producers of locally grown, healthful foods and other healthful, holistic products. Our goals are to encourage healthy eating, expand local and economic development, and promote food sovereignty through strong community involvement and relationships.

NESCM will be owned and managed by its members.  Members will elect a board to provide management oversight and governance stipulated by the organization’s bylaws. 

While open to everyone who desires to shop at NESCM, NESCM will focus on growing its membership or business owners.  Membership provides residents who shop at the market with:

  • Decision-making opportunities by voting for board members and initiatives.
  • Financial benefits through discounts, sales, and store credits for volunteer efforts.
  • Social responsibility by promoting local, organic and healthy food for their neighborhood.
  • Educational opportunity through classes and programs.

Coop Location

Near East Side Cooperative Market
1117 Oak Street
Columbus, OH 43205
United States
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Store Contact

Jessica Roach
Project Coordinator
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Length of board terms: 
1-3 years
Limit on board terms: 
3 years

Policy Governance

The management of the business and property of the Cooperative shall be managed in the interests of the members by a Board. The Board shall consist of between 7-11 individuals, all of whom must be members of the Cooperative, elected by and accountable to members of the Cooperative. Candidates for election as Board Members may be selected by any nominating procedure established by the Board that is reasonably open to member participation. The Board shall have general supervision and control of the business and the affairs of the Cooperative and shall make all rules and regulations not inconsistent with law, the articles of incorporation, or bylaws for the management of the business and the guidance of the members, officers, employees, and agents of the Cooperative.