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.

We made 300! (with a spare!)

It's official -- as our Founding Owner drive came to a close on October 31, we've reached our goal. Durham Central Market officially has over 300 (301 to be exact) Founding Owners. Many, many thanks (and congratulations!) to everyone out there who believed in this venture enough. Durham Central Market is off to an excellent start, and you're a big reason why!

Founding Owners Potluck a smash!

Two weeks ago yesterday Durham Central Market held its Founding Owners' Celebration at the Trotter Building on Geer Street in the Central Park area. The venue was great and I was so energized to be able to put faces to the growing number of names on DCM's ownership rolls.

Founding Owner shares postmarked on or before Oct 31 do count!!

We are very very close to making our goal of 300 founding owners by October 31, 2008!!

If you've not sent in your share purchase please consider doing so today. If you've not told your friends about this opportunity to build community, please do so right now and tell them that they can put their share purchase in the mail today and it will still get them the sweatshop free and very nifty founding owner t-shirt!

SAVE THE DATE - Sunday, Oct. 26 - 5-7 PM - DCM Founders Celebration and Community Potluck

Founders' Celebration and Community Potluck!

WHERE: The Trotter Building at 410 W. Geer Street (olive green building)

WHO: All current and future DCM Owner/Members - Open to the public!

WHEN: Sunday, October 26th from 5-7 pm
(Please Click Read More for all the details)

CFSA Eastern Triangle Farm Tour - Sept. 20 & 21

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is holding the 3rd Annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour, this coming weekend - Sept. 20 and 21st from 1-5pm. We are fortunate to have many organic farms in this area, and this tour focuses on farms in the the eastern side of the Triangle - Garner, Louisburg, Holly Springs, Creedmoor. Visit CFSA's website to learn more.

What a great way to spend the last weekend of summer!!

America's Foodiest Small Town - DURHAM!!

Great article about local farmers and chefs. More support for what we're all doing imo.


Please become a founding owner today!

This website is about Durham's newest cooperative grocery mart, Durham Central Market. We aim to locate the market in the Central Park District of Durham but we need your help now! We are currently finalizing our business plan, we have not selected a location yet, however our founding owner drive is moving along steadily. Our goal is to sell 300 founding owner shares by the end of October. To date we have sold roughly 90-100 founding owner shares. If you haven't purchased your share, please consider doing so today.

Notes from this past week...

Yesterday, for the second consecutive Saturday morning, DCM volunteers staffed a booth next to the Durham Farmers Market. Farmers Market shoppers are able to stop by our booth to pick up a brochure, sign up for email updates or just to chat with our volunteers. The response from Durhamites has been overwhelmingly positive in favor of our market opening. If we are permitted, we will continue our booth at the Farmers Market in Durham in the coming weeks as we head towards the finale of our founding owners drive at the end of October.

DCM at the Farmer's Market!


Yesterday marked our first official presence at the Saturday morning Durham Farmer's Market! Thanks to board member Stephen Hren for handling the booth at the market. Stephen handed out nearly 300 brochures about Durham Central Market, to a sizable crowd of market shoppers. I think we can expect ownership purchase shares to increase this week as a result of Stephen's efforts yesterday.

Would you like to volunteer as an ambassador for DCM at the farmer's market booth? Email me at pam@durhamcentralmarket.org and let me know your availability!

DCM at the Festival for the Eno!

Michael and Beth

We sold 30 memberships at the Festival for the Eno and talked to many others who are interested in joining. Thanks to our new members! Look for us at several upcoming events!

DCM Rendering 1

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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