Alberta Cooperative Grocery

★★★★☆
  • 1500 NE Alberta St

    Portland, OR 97211

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  • 503-287-4333

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Produce and lots of supplements give this corner spot "That Co-Op Smell." Don't pass up the cheap wine that's often marked down.

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★★★★★

Produce and lots of supplements give this corner spot "That Co-Op Smell." Don't pass up the cheap wine that's often marked down.

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I first discovered goat Brie at the Alberta Co-Op and so it holds a dear place in my heart :)! The store is always clean and the staff is always friendly!

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★★★★★

I first discovered goat Brie at the Alberta Co-Op and so it holds a dear place in my heart :)! The store is always clean and the staff is always friendly!

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Boy, oh boy. The other reviewer's comments is so diametrically opposed to my experiences here that i had to check that it was the right place. Then I noticed that the first review is from 2004, I guess a lot can change in 4 years.

When we first moved into the area I was so thrilled to have a little grocery nearby, and then to boot a co-op. But, it has become little more than an emergency standby for necessities (and the necessities are even lacking).

To begin, the prices here are OUTRAGEOUS. And I am no bargain shopper, my other grocery stores of choice are New Seasons or Whole Foods when I don't want to go that as far as NS. The prices here TOP Whole Foods! How can that be?

Okay, so it is a co-op, we are paying for that. I could live with that too. But why is everyone who works there a pod person? The cashiers look so dazed and confused at first I thought it was personal (am I not enough of the co-op type?) but then I saw everyone in line being treated with similar strangeness. The poor woman ahead of me (who was a co-op member) was so stunned at her bill that she asked for a recheck, and it was a completely embarrassing incident for her as the pod person gracelessly explained why a handful of items cost the price of a faberge egg and why she couldn't get a discount with her membership.

And the produce! It is also unbelievably bad. Old, lacking in flavor.

Someone needs to come in and burn this 'concept' of a co-op down to the ground and give us something better. Maybe the new hard times ethos will make it happen.

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★★☆☆☆

Boy, oh boy. The other reviewer's comments is so diametrically opposed to my experiences here that i had to check that it was the right place. Then I noticed that the first review is from 2004, I guess a lot can change in 4 years.

When we first moved into the area I was so thrilled to have a little grocery nearby, and then to boot a co-op. But, it has become little more than an emergency standby for necessities (and the necessities are even lacking).

To begin, the prices here are OUTRAGEOUS. And I am no bargain shopper, my other grocery stores of choice are New Seasons or Whole Foods when I don't want to go that as far as NS. The prices here TOP Whole Foods! How can that be?

Okay, so it is a co-op, we are paying for that. I could live with that too. But why is everyone who works there a pod person? The cashiers look so dazed and confused at first I thought it was personal (am I not enough of the co-op type?) but then I saw everyone in line being treated with similar strangeness. The poor woman ahead of me (who was a co-op member) was so stunned at her bill that she asked for a recheck, and it was a completely embarrassing incident for her as the pod person gracelessly explained why a handful of items cost the price of a faberge egg and why she couldn't get a discount with her membership.

And the produce! It is also unbelievably bad. Old, lacking in flavor.

Someone needs to come in and burn this 'concept' of a co-op down to the ground and give us something better. Maybe the new hard times ethos will make it happen.

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A great little coop at the corner of Alberta and 15th. The coop members who staff the store are very nice - I can count on a good conversation whenever I'm in there. The prices are a little higher - as is expected at a coop, but it's worth it!

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★★★★☆

A great little coop at the corner of Alberta and 15th. The coop members who staff the store are very nice - I can count on a good conversation whenever I'm in there. The prices are a little higher - as is expected at a coop, but it's worth it!

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I've shopped in this store a handful of times and have not been impressed with it as a whole. The employees are less than helpful and some of their practices are borderline shady. Blocking the street off on weekends with caution signs and cones are among the most obnoxious practices. They don't have much turnaround on their inventory, so you really have to watch your dates on perishable items. The one bonus of this store is their children's play area. So unless you want to pick through their small selection of organicallly and locally grown/made merchandise while your child plays with in dashing distance of the door, this is not your store.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've shopped in this store a handful of times and have not been impressed with it as a whole. The employees are less than helpful and some of their practices are borderline shady. Blocking the street off on weekends with caution signs and cones are among the most obnoxious practices. They don't have much turnaround on their inventory, so you really have to watch your dates on perishable items. The one bonus of this store is their children's play area. So unless you want to pick through their small selection of organicallly and locally grown/made merchandise while your child plays with in dashing distance of the door, this is not your store.

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I love to shop at food co-ops and this one definatley rates high in my book. The people there are very kind and they seem to be a diverse group. My only complaint is the high fee to join the co-op- its even higher than in Seattle.

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★★★☆☆

I love to shop at food co-ops and this one definatley rates high in my book. The people there are very kind and they seem to be a diverse group. My only complaint is the high fee to join the co-op- its even higher than in Seattle.

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I love this co-op, but it's somewhat expensive. It's small, of course. They have good local produce, and the staff is very helpful and friendly. They also have a small selection of plants for sale.

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★★★☆☆

I love this co-op, but it's somewhat expensive. It's small, of course. They have good local produce, and the staff is very helpful and friendly. They also have a small selection of plants for sale.

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This little store on the corner of 15th and Alberta has everything you need at great prices. They have good produce, a bulk section, friendly cashiers, and some unexpected treats. Everything you need for day to day shopping.

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★★★★★

This little store on the corner of 15th and Alberta has everything you need at great prices. They have good produce, a bulk section, friendly cashiers, and some unexpected treats. Everything you need for day to day shopping.

Pros: Friendly, Good Bulk Section, Cheap Prices

Cons: , Not Much Meat

 

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