Co-op 50th Anniversary Party

Your co-op’s 50th anniversary party is coming up! Join us on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the field next to the co-op parking lot for a celebration full of free grilled food, cake, live music by the Brownsmead Flats, raffles and more. Local producers will be there with lots of free samples for you too! Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets and hang out with us. If you’re able, we ask that you park on the street nearby so our parking lot is still accessible for shoppers.

Co-op 50th Anniversary Party July 20

Save the date to celebrate Astoria Co+op’s 50th Anniversary from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 in the field across from the co-op parking lot! We’ll have live music by Innocent Alex, free lunch and cake, activities and more! Come meet local producers and get lots of free samples.

Wine Talk June 20

June is Pride Month and we’re celebrating with an event on June 20th at 5 p.m. Save the date for a wine tasting and talk by Vivianne Kennedy, owner and operator of RAM Cellars in Portland. She launched her winery in 2014 and released her first RAM Cellars wine in early 2016. In 2018, Vivianne made the decision that saved her life and came out as a transgender woman.

Grill Giveaway!

Grilling season is here! Enter to win this Weber grill along with four grass-fed ribeye steaks from Thousand Hills (or vegan alternatives).

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The winner must be able to pick up the grill from the co-op. Thanks!

North Coast Watershed Association Talk June 5

Save the date for a talk at the co-op with Graham and Kelli from North Coast Watershed Association! At 5 p.m. June 5, they will present about their water quality monitoring work and their new mobile app for mapping community-sourced ecological information.

State of Our Co-op May 2024

State of Our Co-op

By: Matt Stanley, General Manager

We are well into our 50th anniversary year as a community-owned grocery store! On Saturday, July 20th, we will throw a birthday bash at the co-op. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

Our First Quarter of the Year

Our first fiscal quarter is closed, and we continue demonstrating that the co-op is financially stable. In my previous update, I recognized that our financial position has stabilized, but we must continue growing co-op sales to generate consistent positive earnings. Positive net income allows our co-op to keep pace with rising operating costs, pay our staff more (more on this below), and pay our co-op member-investor dividends. Financial success is the foundation for growing our impact in the community and region during our second semicentennial.

For the first quarter of 2024, the co-op posted break-even earnings, and all major financial indicators – sales growth, gross margin, and personnel expense, for example – performed to our budget. The ice storm negatively impacted sales in January with a full-day closure and four additional days with shortened hours. Despite the storm, Q1 sales growth was 3%. We see more robust sales growth in February and beyond as members and shoppers respond positively to our promotional programs. The Buy One Get One free items have been a big hit. The 50% off bulk and produce department sales created lots of community buzz and made for many happy shoppers. Use of our weekly e-coupons continues to increase. Overall, members appreciate the co-op’s attempts to provide value during an era of high food inflation. Thank you for supporting these efforts!

Taking Care of Our Team

Like many of us, our staff also feels the burden of increased living expenses. Each year, the co-op uses a living wage model to calculate the hourly wage needed for a single person to live in Clatsop County without relying on public assistance programs. In addition to basic living expenses, the model includes things like modest personal savings. It also includes co-op contributions to total compensation, like co-op-sponsored health insurance premiums. When we made the calculation last year, the living wage model generated $17.63 per hour as the living wage.

Our team worked hard to do more with fewer staff members in 2023 as a critical way to manage our expenses. Financial stability allowed the co-op to respond to the increase in living wage by distributing pay raises to all staff in January of this year. We also made the new starting wage $17 per hour (up from $16). The median wage for non-salaried co-op staff is $18 per hour. We know there is more work to ensure staff can keep up with the rising cost of living. We’ll rerun the living wage model this year, and the living wage will likely increase further. Again, growing sales permit the co-op to budget for continued wage increases – our team is strong, and we can handle more sales! – allowing our dedicated and caring staff to live in this beautiful region we call home.

I hope that a more detailed breakdown of staff pay is informative. These updates aim to teach our membership about the successes and challenges that the business we all co-own faces. You can help us grow sales by prioritizing grocery shopping at your co-op and telling your friends and neighbors about co-op membership and the great deals we regularly offer.

We’ve started 2024 with other exciting developments, including our co-op speaker series that invites local non-profit organizations to share their work, the flashing beacon crosswalk nearing completion at 23rd and Marine Drive, and the replacement of the shelving and lights in our produce coolers for a well-timed refresh as we enter the busy summer months.

Thank you again for your continued support of our co-op!

In cooperation,


Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is coming up and your co-op has many gifts for the mother figures in your life! Come check out the rose plants, cards, jewelry, books, puzzles, chocolate, skincare products, candles and more.

Happy Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day by shopping local at your community-owned co-op! We have lots of sustainable items available, from locally grown vegetables and our extensive bulk department to reusable plastic-free products, plant-based meals and more. Since we installed solar panels on our roof in March 2021, we’ve saved over 262,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of planting 1,980 trees! We also have electric vehicle charging stations in our parking lot for customers to use while they shop.

Save the date for a presentation called “Celebrating Coastal Ecology” at the co-op the day after Earth Day, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. Katie Voelke, executive director of the North Coast Land Conservancy, will present about the land-to-sea connection on the coast – from nudibranchs to beavers, coniferous trees and humans. The presentation will also touch on the importance of land and marine conservation in ensuring the Oregon Coast remains a place where healthy communities of people, plants and wildlife all thrive. This local nonprofit works to conserve Oregon’s coastal lands and waters.