History

It is with great pride that we celebrate Calgary Co-op’s 65th Anniversary in November 2021! With humble roots, Calgary Co-op began serving Calgarians in 1956, when we opened our first store with local farmers and ranchers selling fresh, farm-to-table foods.

Flash forward 65 years and we have grown as a co-operative quite significantly, though our local roots and the purpose of serving our local communities and neighbours has remained the same. Our Founder, Gordon Barker, probably says it best; “Calgary Co-op was formed by ordinary people who wanted a business they could rely on when others failed to provide them with the services they needed. We must never lose sight of why Calgary Co-op was formed: to serve its members and to be a contributing partner in the community.”

Did you know: 

  • Calgary Co-op used to sell clothing, electronics, large and small appliances, and furniture

  • Calgary Coop had a building materials warehouse (Lumber/nails/etc…)

  • We sold beds and even electric race cars!

  • Our cafeterias were a popular place for social gatherings on Sundays

  • Most food centres had a used book exchange

Today

Today, Calgary Co-op has more than 440,000 members, 3,850 employees and is now one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America. Our locations in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks and Strathmore include food centres, pharmacies, gas stations, car washes, commercial cardlocks, home health care centres, wine, spirits and beer locations, cannabis and Community Natural Foods. We are also proud of our three private labels: Cal & Gary’s, Founders & Farmers and Only Alberta Meat; and are honoured to work with more than 1,700 local vendors and suppliers to provide Calgarians with fresh, local products. We have also focused on helping our community address food security through supporting a number of local food banks and charities in the communities in which we operate, through the Calgary Co-op Foundation – in 2020, we gave back more than $2.2M to those in need.

It is because of our members, customers, neighbours and team members that Calgary Co-op is who we are today – so a heartfelt thank you to you as we celebrate this milestone year! As we like to say, we’re 65 years young and this is just the beginning for us – we look forward to continued growth and to serving our communities for many more years to come!

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