The Co-op's story began in 1979. At that time, it was called Crossroads Consumer Services Co-op. It all started with a few people on the fringe looking for democratic control of their food supply. The store, mostly run by volunteers, opened in a small house on South Wallace Avenue.
In the spring of 1984 the Co-op legally changed its name to Community Food Co-op, Bozeman and moved to a larger space near Montana State University. By 1990, the business had grown to three paid employees and 120 volunteers. It was this year that the Co-op bought its first computer.
By 1992, sales had reached $1 million in annual sales and the Co-op had outgrown its space, moving to the current location at 908 West Main. In 2002, the store underwent a major expansion, doubling its retail space. Funded by member owner loans, the project resulted in the building you see today.
In April 2011 the Co-op opened its second retail outlet, Co-op Downtown, located in the heart of Downtown Bozeman. The store, specializing in prepared foods, features an extensive salad and hot bar. In addition, customers can find a wide selection of organic grocery items, produce, cheese, spirits and more.
Today, Co-op West Main is a full service grocery store with more than 22,000 member owners. The store specializes in organic foods and Montana-produced meat and vegetables. It also offers a full service meat and seafood counter, a wellness department, bulk department and espresso/juice bar.