Welcome! Durham Central Market is a new neighborhood cooperative grocery working to open a store located near the downtown area (Read more about our location).  Durham Central Market follows the owner/member model of local co-op groceries like Weaver Street Market in Carrboro and Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro, but with a distinctively Durham flavor.  If you're not an owner, now is a great time to become one! Building a full-service grocery store is a big project, and we need your help to get the doors open. We're looking for investors who want to keep their money local and help get a true community organization off the ground, while still getting a return on their investment. If you're already an owner and are interested in participating in this great opportunity, you can find out more or send us questions about becoming an investor.

Our goal for the store is to offer high quality, mostly local food and other products, to reinvest profits back into the community, to practice sustainability, and to foster a respectful, professional workplace. We invite you to learn more about the ideas and the planning that has gone into the development of the Durham Central Market cooperative. As a grocery store dedicated to serving Durham and built by Durham, Durham Central Market got to this point through the great work of volunteers from local Durham neighborhoods. We continue to need volunteer help and hope that you will consider volunteering your time and talents. You can contact us by email at info@durhamcentralmarket.org or send us mail at P.O. Box 25216, Durham, NC 27702-5216.

Construction Update


Despite the recent crazy weather, construction on the store is bounding along.   The Pathways house has been moved to another area of the site (upper right of the photo).  The first concrete (the literal foundation of DCM) has been poured , and the walls and columns are coming up.  This photo is from Feb. 27th.  Stop by and see how work is progressing on our collectively-owned co-op grocery!!  

DCM at PAC 3 (March 8) and Lyon Park (March 15)

Durham Central Market board president Frank Stasio and board members Alisa Johnson and Susan Callaghan make a presentation to the PAC 3 meeting this Saturday, March 8 at 10:00 AM. PAC, or Partners Against Crime is a community organization interested in civic affairs. PAC 3 is the district that includes the Market. The presentation is part of our ongoing effort to build community relations as construction moves forward.
The following Saturday, March 15, Frank will meet with the Lyon Park Neighborhood Association to talk about the benefits the Market will bring to this area.
At both events we expect to do a lot of listening to hear what neighbors want and expect of the Durham Central Market.

Durham - Where people do impossible things

In case you missed it, here's DCM Board President Frank Stasio's take on Durham, where the impossible is always possible, including an community owned & financed co-op grocery!   From the Herald-Sun, 2/16/13.

Slow Money NC Gathering

Frank Stasio will be at the Slow Money NC Gathering at Johnny's in Carrboro on Monday, February 3rd at 7:30.  Frank will be joining other local food producers and entrepreneurs and giving the attendees an update on DCM's progress.  

Site Construction Update

Kent Corner B aerial 2014-01.jpg

We'll be posting these aerial photos of the site construction as we receive them monthly from Self-Help.  The yellow arrow indicates where the store is going to be (the white house and the lot behind).  The house is scheduled to be moved sometime this week.  Stay tuned!!

Groundbreaking Event for DCM!


We had a great turnout for the Kent Corner  groundbreaking ceremony announcing  the official start of construction for the store. Mayor Bill Bell was among the dignitaries in attendance. He called the project “a great thing happening in Durham.” See the fine  article in the Durham Herald. http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1401030557/Groundbreaking-for-Kent-Corner
There’s still time to become an owner and and investor in this great thing.
Become and Owner- http://www.durhamcentralmarket.org/owner-form
Invest- http://durhamcentralmarket.org/investment
(Shown in photo from left - Don Moffitt-DCM Project Manager, Pam Campa-DCM Board Member, ErinKauffman- DCM Board Michael Bacon-Founding Member and former DCM Board, Sam Miglarese, Director of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership)
-post by Frank Stasio, DCM Board President


Due to the inclement weather, the groundbreaking will take place inside the Cookery. Time remains 3pm with reception to follow.

GROUNDBREAKING - Monday, January 6, 2014, 3pm - Corner of Kent St & Chapel Hill St.

Self-Help Groundbreaking

Dear Members,
Our dream is taking shape. It’s so exciting to see that work is underway on our long-awaited Durham Central Market. And while the earthmovers are already rolling, the official groundbreaking is scheduled for January 6th. We’d love to see you there. It should be a fun event. It’s a great way to mark this important milestone. And it’s a way for those of us on the board to say thank you again for your patient confidence in us and in Durham.  Your investment is already paying off. But there’s more to be done. So tell your friends. Encourage them to become members and to invest in the Durham Central Market. Hope to see you at the groundbreaking.
Frank Stasio
President, DCM Board of Directors.
From Self-Help:
Self-Help has been working in South West Central Durham with neighborhood organizations such as the Quality of Life Project, the Durham Community Land Trustees, the City of Durham and Duke University for nearly a decade on housing and community development. The collaboration amongst these groups has produced approximately 150 units of high-quality affordable housing for first-time homeowners and renters. Extensive community planning sessions have shaped the Kent Corner redevelopment to help ensure it will enhance the neighborhood.

Update from the Project Manager


October and November were very big months for Durham Central Market. We signed the lease with Self-Help (yay!), arranged a loan for $576,000 (yay!) and are nearly finished with store layout (yay!). Self-Help has their site plan approval from the city, and are close to getting their building permit. They've also closed on their financing for the project. Work is now underway at the site; demolition has begun. 
As you pass by the site watch for these steps of progress:

  • demolition of existing buildings
  • removal of waste from demolition
  • Pathways house moved from West Chapel Hill St to Kent St.
  • site work underway

Once the house moves, they can start on the site work for the market's location.


On the market side, the board met this past week to visioneer the steps between now and store opening, and established several new committees. The General Manager Hiring Committee has started work, and anticipates having our GM on board in May.
Besides the search for our General Manager the board is focusing on finishing the store design, selecting equipment, raising an additional $200,000 and expanding our base of member/owners!

All in all, it's an exciting time for Durham Central Market!!  Stay tuned! 

Presentation from Annual Meeting

DCM held its 6th Annual Meeting on Sunday, 10/13.  It was a great evening of food and community.  If you weren't able to join us, you can view the financial information that was presented in the attached pdf file.  Exciting things are happening with the new store.  We expect to sign our lease with Self-Help before the end of the month, and we should see ground-breaking soon after!


Join Online!

You can now become a Durham Central Market Owner via the website. We offer individual ownerships and business ownerships. Become an owner today by filling out the online DCM Ownership form and pay using a secure Paypal connection, and thanks!! If you would prefer, you can also fill out and print the individual ownership form (pdf) or business ownership form (pdf) and mail it in. Follow the instructions on the form.

Contact Us

Durham Central Market
P.O. Box 25216
Durham, NC 27702-5216

Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @DurhamCentMkt.

The Owner Investment Campaign is ongoing, offering our owners the opportunity to invest in the co-op. Details on your options for investing are available here.
Email your intention to pledge to invest@durhamcentralmarket.org
We'll walk you through the rest. Together we can build something wonderful!

Upcoming Events

April 12 & 26  - Durham Farmers Market

May 10 & 24 - Durham Farmers Market

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