Food Front Cooperative Grocery

★★★★★
  • 2375 NW Thurman St

    Portland, OR 97210

    Cross street: Northwest 23rd Place

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  • 503-222-5658

About Food Front Cooperative Grocery

Hours
Daily 8am-9pm
4.5333 15
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The convenience of shopping here is really great, possibly the neatest store out there and they have amazing people manning their counter, very polite and always smiling.

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★★★★★

The convenience of shopping here is really great, possibly the neatest store out there and they have amazing people manning their counter, very polite and always smiling.

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They are very good for what they are with a reasonable selection given the amount of space they have to work with. Unfortunately I can't afford literally 3x the amount for a quart of milk. Last summer I ran in to buy a couple of potatoes for dinner and was charged over 4 dollars a pound! I wouldn't even pay that at the farmers market! Maybe I am being unrealistic and need to just grow my own potatoes, but the sticker shock keeps me out of Food Front for the most part.

3
★★★☆☆

They are very good for what they are with a reasonable selection given the amount of space they have to work with. Unfortunately I can't afford literally 3x the amount for a quart of milk. Last summer I ran in to buy a couple of potatoes for dinner and was charged over 4 dollars a pound! I wouldn't even pay that at the farmers market! Maybe I am being unrealistic and need to just grow my own potatoes, but the sticker shock keeps me out of Food Front for the most part.

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I love supplementing my grocery shopping with food from Food Front. I can't afford to buy everything here, nor do they have all that I want (I do my other shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's), but the deli is usually pretty tasty and

3
★★★★★

I love supplementing my grocery shopping with food from Food Front. I can't afford to buy everything here, nor do they have all that I want (I do my other shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's), but the deli is usually pretty tasty and

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deli makes delicious sandwiches. tempeh sandwich is really yummy. lots of vegan and vegetarian options. i always come here for a beer run, because of their variety of options to get my drink on. good bulk food selection, i like the soy jerkys and all the nuts and snacks. Bullring Salsa is awesome, as are the Mexisnack tortilla chips. perfect food for when i'm up late studying.

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★★★★★

deli makes delicious sandwiches. tempeh sandwich is really yummy. lots of vegan and vegetarian options. i always come here for a beer run, because of their variety of options to get my drink on. good bulk food selection, i like the soy jerkys and all the nuts and snacks. Bullring Salsa is awesome, as are the Mexisnack tortilla chips. perfect food for when i'm up late studying.

Pros: relaxed atmosphere, good selection for a small store

Cons: all the petitioners out front are a**holes, except for the Street Roots guy

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If you compare Food Front to New Seasons as just a regular grocery store, you are not doing it justice. This store is OWNED by people all over Portland - not just one family. That is so impressive and a powerful statement on a community level. All of the money made by the co-op goes back to the community and the 5,000 or so owners who have invested in it. (By the way, ownership is $150, which you can pay $5 a month, but that money is totally refundable if you even need or want it back. In being an owner, you get so many benefits.)

The thing I love about Food Front is its honesty. If you look around, you see people who genuinely believe in the cooperative business model, and who are passionate about their service to the community. I admit, there are a few employees who perhaps aren't the best at customer service, but others who are inspired and passionate to share what they know.

AND they have an amazing deli, great wine, awesome produce, and support many SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES.

So what if something you purchase at Food Front is a quarter more than at Fred Meyer. You are supporting a local business who doesn't have the corporate buying power to buy 10,000 of that product. AND if you are an owner, you get money back at the end of the year based on your purchases... so you get your quarter back!

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★★★★★

If you compare Food Front to New Seasons as just a regular grocery store, you are not doing it justice. This store is OWNED by people all over Portland - not just one family. That is so impressive and a powerful statement on a community level. All of the money made by the co-op goes back to the community and the 5,000 or so owners who have invested in it. (By the way, ownership is $150, which you can pay $5 a month, but that money is totally refundable if you even need or want it back. In being an owner, you get so many benefits.)

The thing I love about Food Front is its honesty. If you look around, you see people who genuinely believe in the cooperative business model, and who are passionate about their service to the community. I admit, there are a few employees who perhaps aren't the best at customer service, but others who are inspired and passionate to share what they know.

AND they have an amazing deli, great wine, awesome produce, and support many SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES.

So what if something you purchase at Food Front is a quarter more than at Fred Meyer. You are supporting a local business who doesn't have the corporate buying power to buy 10,000 of that product. AND if you are an owner, you get money back at the end of the year based on your purchases... so you get your quarter back!

Pros: A vibrant locally owned grocery store, that has a heart!

Cons: Not every employee is as passionate about good food as some.

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the staff at this store gets paid barely more than minimum wage and alot less than the staff at a corporate store like new seasons.

did you ever consider that it may be hard to put on a walmart smile for customers when you have rich people spending what would amount to your whole paycheck on one days worth of expensive junk food, frozen "health food" and wine while holding you personally responsible for the store not having their favorite product all the while yelling about how great their friend's new botox looks into a cell phone and throwing their money on the register like a craps table?

if you haven't noticed, fred meyers and the majority of grocery stores in the country are moving away from plastic and paper bags. sustainability and such.

when i'm shopping at food front the first thing i always notice is how rude most of the customers are to the employees. i'm a co-op owner and have nothing but respect for someone who would take less pay and more b.s. to work somewhere that does not compromise their ethics. i'm sure thats alot more than can be said for the the SUV driving blue tooth barking botox'd rich folks of NW portland

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★★★★★

the staff at this store gets paid barely more than minimum wage and alot less than the staff at a corporate store like new seasons.

did you ever consider that it may be hard to put on a walmart smile for customers when you have rich people spending what would amount to your whole paycheck on one days worth of expensive junk food, frozen "health food" and wine while holding you personally responsible for the store not having their favorite product all the while yelling about how great their friend's new botox looks into a cell phone and throwing their money on the register like a craps table?

if you haven't noticed, fred meyers and the majority of grocery stores in the country are moving away from plastic and paper bags. sustainability and such.

when i'm shopping at food front the first thing i always notice is how rude most of the customers are to the employees. i'm a co-op owner and have nothing but respect for someone who would take less pay and more b.s. to work somewhere that does not compromise their ethics. i'm sure thats alot more than can be said for the the SUV driving blue tooth barking botox'd rich folks of NW portland

Pros: local food, awesome deli

Cons: wading thru the sea of trophy wives and douche-y rich dudes

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I used to really love this place, but lately, the service has been surly and the prices have been NUTS. Like, two days ago it was $4.99 a pound for tomatoes. Their bananas and basic produce is often either in short supply or not ripe, or totally unavailable. They are EXTREMELY STINGY with bags, which I find a little sad since they are easily one of the most expensive groceries in town. They have a classic holier than thou independent attitude.... it's always the customers fault when they ask for something that isn't there...I used to go here to support community, but these people really don't support back. Their Co-Op membership is $150....too much money for us! The point is, if they don't offer down home service and they don't care THAT much about the community they serve, then you might as well go to Zupan's or Whole Foods....especially since the prices since mid-2007 have been more or less the same. And Zupan's has fresher produce. I don't know what this place is for, but I think they've really lost the plot.

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★★☆☆☆

I used to really love this place, but lately, the service has been surly and the prices have been NUTS. Like, two days ago it was $4.99 a pound for tomatoes. Their bananas and basic produce is often either in short supply or not ripe, or totally unavailable. They are EXTREMELY STINGY with bags, which I find a little sad since they are easily one of the most expensive groceries in town. They have a classic holier than thou independent attitude.... it's always the customers fault when they ask for something that isn't there...I used to go here to support community, but these people really don't support back. Their Co-Op membership is $150....too much money for us! The point is, if they don't offer down home service and they don't care THAT much about the community they serve, then you might as well go to Zupan's or Whole Foods....especially since the prices since mid-2007 have been more or less the same. And Zupan's has fresher produce. I don't know what this place is for, but I think they've really lost the plot.

Pros: Near where we live, open late, often less crowded than Whole Foods

Cons: Slacker staff, crazy fluctuations in prices, bad produce manager.

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Food Front is always a heartening experience - the whole atmosphere of the place just makes you feel better!
They offer several organic/vegan food options and a delicious deli where you can order sandwiches, snacks and desserts!
Essential oils and natural beauty care products are also offered at a fair price.

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★★★★☆

Food Front is always a heartening experience - the whole atmosphere of the place just makes you feel better!
They offer several organic/vegan food options and a delicious deli where you can order sandwiches, snacks and desserts!
Essential oils and natural beauty care products are also offered at a fair price.

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The deli at this Co-op always has a good selction of my favorite vegan treats, including huge creatively stuffed Inari shells. The staff are always very helpful and knowledgable.

4
★★★★☆

The deli at this Co-op always has a good selction of my favorite vegan treats, including huge creatively stuffed Inari shells. The staff are always very helpful and knowledgable.

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A co-op in the best sense of the word, this cozy and efficient grocery is like Whole Foods at 1/10th the size and scrubbed of its corporate sheen. Produce, bulk, deli with freshly produced dishes, household supplies, vitamins, and a best-of collection of packaged foodstuffs, you could get away with only shopping here. One of a select number of co-ops in all Portland.

4
★★★★☆

A co-op in the best sense of the word, this cozy and efficient grocery is like Whole Foods at 1/10th the size and scrubbed of its corporate sheen. Produce, bulk, deli with freshly produced dishes, household supplies, vitamins, and a best-of collection of packaged foodstuffs, you could get away with only shopping here. One of a select number of co-ops in all Portland.

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I absolutely LOVE this co-op. Their deli provides fresh fast healthy food that tastes delicious and is also reasonably priced. The staff is friendly, and it's always a pleasure to shop there!

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★★★★★

I absolutely LOVE this co-op. Their deli provides fresh fast healthy food that tastes delicious and is also reasonably priced. The staff is friendly, and it's always a pleasure to shop there!

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Fresh, organic and plentiful, the fruit & vegetable selection is always delicious and among the best I've seen! The wine selection is great, and case pricing is fair. Unique and hard to find items, friendly co-op staff that knows their stuff!

PROS: Fun & friendly staff, convenient location, great store !
CONS: Absolutely Nothing !

5
★★★★★

Fresh, organic and plentiful, the fruit & vegetable selection is always delicious and among the best I've seen! The wine selection is great, and case pricing is fair. Unique and hard to find items, friendly co-op staff that knows their stuff!

PROS: Fun & friendly staff, convenient location, great store !
CONS: Absolutely Nothing !

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Food Front is larger than People's Coop in SE, but it has a lot more packaging and non-local products. Nevertheless, it was still light years better than your average Safeway or Fred Meyers. If you live nearby, I would recommend becoming a member. They even have a bulk toy bin, something I've never seen anywhere else.

4
★★★★☆

Food Front is larger than People's Coop in SE, but it has a lot more packaging and non-local products. Nevertheless, it was still light years better than your average Safeway or Fred Meyers. If you live nearby, I would recommend becoming a member. They even have a bulk toy bin, something I've never seen anywhere else.

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Food Front has the best produce in the area. It is all organic and always fresh and delicious. We go there as much as possible when we need fresh fruits or vegetables.

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★★★★★

Food Front has the best produce in the area. It is all organic and always fresh and delicious. We go there as much as possible when we need fresh fruits or vegetables.

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by far the best deli in the NW area. so healthy, reasonable prices and options beyond the size of my stomach. so happy to have a true "neighborhood" location.
great wine buys too !!!

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★★★★★

by far the best deli in the NW area. so healthy, reasonable prices and options beyond the size of my stomach. so happy to have a true "neighborhood" location.
great wine buys too !!!

Pros: unique items, organic, outside seating

Message from Food Front Cooperative Grocery

We treasure our relationship with local farmers and food producers who provide us with the freshest and finest. Why? Because we know they care as much about the food they grow as we care about the food we eat!

We??ve Got Roots



In 1972 a group of neighbors in Northwest Portland joined together to sell groceries out of a little store on 23rd Avenue. Their mission was to provide their community with a place to buy good quality groceries that couldn??t be found in regular supermarkets.





Even though this first grocery store was small, the impact of people coming together to provide for themselves and their community was immense. Over the years our store has moved a few times and is now owned by almost 4000 people that are still committed to providing the finest quality wholesome foods for our community.



Our Mission



Food Front is a consumer

cooperative building a vibrant

community and a healthier world by

selling wholesome food and

empowering people.



Our Purpose



As a consumer cooperative,

Food Front builds from the vision of its owners to strengthen and extend the social fabric by democratizing capital ownership (social, natural and economic) to create a sustainable community.

More about Food Front Cooperative Grocery

Cooperative Grocery, Deli, Bakery, Local Organic Foods

 

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