We at the French Broad Food Co-op hear the concern of Ashevilleans regarding the loss of a local natural food retailer to Whole Foods.
Apparently, supporting a locally owned business, our vibrant community and, more importantly, our local food producers, touches close to the heart of our community. We recognize this and are proud to be 100 percent locally owned by nearly 1,000 community members. FBFC has been a community-owned and cooperatively governed natural-foods grocery store and health resource since 1975. We've hosted the Wednesday Co-op Tailgate Market for the past 10 years and we have four other locally owned businesses as tenants as well — Build It Naturally, the Recyclery, Joyner's BMW shop, and the Movement and Learning Center.
At FBFC, we believe that the strengths of our small store are not only better customer service and dedication to creating community in Asheville, but also [stem from] our focus on supporting local farmers, food producers and artisans etc. by carrying as many of their products as we can. We're so proud to be surrounded by such amazing local business in downtown Asheville, and we're a grassroots supporter of the "Asheville Grown, Buy Local" movement. By encouraging our community to "Buy Local," we ensure that 70 cents of each dollar spent here stays right here in Asheville — and doesn't flitter away to some unknown shareholder (Source: American Independent Business Alliance).
Thank you for your continued support of your store and your local farmers and your local producers. Everyone's welcome to shop at the French Broad Food Co-op. Stop in and see your friends and neighbors —they work here, shop here and, well, they own the place!
— Kelly Fain, marketing manager
Steve Watts, general manager