THE VALUE OF MEMBERSHIP STARTS HERE!
What Is A CO-OP?
There are many definitions and types of cooperatives. Unlike traditional commercial enterprises, co-ops are owned and run by co-op members—the very people who make such co-ops possible. The “currency” of a co-op is its united collective membership. Basically a co-op is a business owned and controlled by the people who purchase goods, use its services, and then can receive benefits proportional to participation. Being a member of a co-op eliminates entrepreneur profit and provides equality in ownership and control. When our Co-op is profitable, we share that profit with our Co-op members.
Mega Co-op is a local member-owned co-op that went into business as the Eau Claire Farmer-Labor Cooperative Association in 1935 and became Consumers Cooperative Association of Eau Claire (CCA) in 1936, a name that is still used within our company today. Mega Co-op is one of the largest co-ops in the United States being member owned with more than 33,000 people like you.
As a member-owned cooperative, we are based on values and a structure that benefits the community and its members. Members may also become voting members by becoming a stockholder, who may vote on important issues and elect a board of directors to forward those interests and values.
The Heart Of Our Business…Our Members
Although we welcome all shoppers, our Co-op members are the foundation of our co-op.
Co-ops 101 states “Members must make a conscious decision to be committed to the co-op, even when short-term prices or services may be better elsewhere.”
Members have responsibilities to their co-ops that include consistently shopping that co-op and using the services it provides.
Co-ops Succeed When Members Are Committed!
Our Commitment To Our Members…
Just as our members have a commitment to us, we also have an unwavering commitment to our members and the communities that we serve. As a co-op we are committed to being a great place to belong by:
- Meeting our members’ expectations
- Providing outstanding service
- Providing a great selection of products and services
- When profitable, returning a patronage refund proportional to each member’s loyalty.
- Giving back to the community
- Creating an overall Mega! experience
In addition, we also strive to offer benefits and pricing available only to our co-op members.
What Is A Co-op Member?
A co-op or “Mega Member” is an individual or household who has applied as a Purchasing Member of the Consumers Cooperative Association of Eau Claire (CCA).
Who Should Become A Mega Co-op Member?
If you value quality products, community-empowerment, and having a voice, these are just a few of the benefits our co-op affords you as a member.
Since the co-op is member-owned, our interest in community is of paramount importance. Although we welcome all shoppers, our co-op members are the foundation of our co-op. Our co-op succeeds when our members are committed.
If this is important to you and you reside locally in one of the communities that we serve or frequent our stores throughout the year, in addition to maintaining $500 or more in purchases of goods or services per fiscal year, we invite you to join.
Mega Co-op Card vs. Gordy’s Card:
What’s the Difference?
You will not notice a difference between the cards when you shop for groceries at Gordy’s Market stores. You can earn Gas Rewards with either card and receive any sales or specials associated with using the card.
It will matter, however, which card you use if you frequent our Mega Co-op convenience stores. You will be able to redeem Gas Rewards with either card, but any additional co-op benefits will not be honored with the Gordy’s card. Any additional co-op benefits or privileges will only be honored with a Mega Co-op card.
It’s all on ONE card – Co-op membership, Member Benefits, and Gas Rewards! If you shop at both Mega Co-op locations and Gordy’s, you will only need one card: the Mega Co-op membership card.
Rewarding You: Our Members*
When a Co-op member card is presented at a Mega Co-op convenience store during a purchase, you can enjoy:
- Gas Rewards Program – Redeem Gas Rewards earned at Gordy’s Market grocery stores
- $.05 cash discount when paying for fuel with cash or check (excludes purchases using credit, debit, gift, or scrip cards)
- Entertainment discounts for movies, theme parks, and local attractions
- Profits are shared with our members through patronage refunds proportionate to a member’s loyalty
Please check with your favorite Mega Co-op store for availability of programs and benefits.
*Memberships are available for individuals and households only.
In addition to these benefits, by presenting your Mega Co-op card at participating partners, you can receive the following:
- Metropolis Resort discounts on standard rooms, Chaos Water Park Admission, and free money towards Action City games
We are always looking for ways to improve our programs and offer additional savings and value. Benefits, discounts, and promotions associated with the co-op membership are sometimes added, removed, or amended at varying times.
What Is The Cost Of Becoming A Member Of Mega Co-op?
However, to keep a membership active, a minimum of $500 in goods or services must be purchased each fiscal year.
How Easy Is It For Me To Join And Become A Mega Co-op Member?
Simply click here for a printable application. Or, if you prefer, you can complete an application at any Mega Co-op convenience store.
Where Do I Return My Completed Application?
- Deliver to: A cashier at any Mega Co-op convenience store
- Mail to: Mega Co-op, Member Services, PO Box 3155, Eau Claire, WI 54702