THE SUGAR BEET IS HIRING!  Check out our job openings here.  Jobs

Want to play apart in the Co-op's foundation and success?  Check out the leadership positions that we're hiring for and come play a role at the most exciting business in Oak Park!  

Send in your resume and cover letter to the email address below.




Store Opening Update!

Everyone is asking… WHEN IS THE CO-OP GOING TO OPEN?
Given the current construction schedule, Sugar Beet Food Co-op will open July.  

Each week we'll post pictures and updates about our Grand Opening.  
The Sugar Beet Food Co-op has been 3 years in the making and these
last few months are going to be very exciting!  

Monday, April 6 Update

We have permits! and are in final negotiations with our general contractor. They are estimating an 8-12 week construction schedule which puts us at an early July opening date. 
Our build out team is working on lighting with co-op member, Peter Hugh, a fantastic lighting designer based in Oak Park.  Architect and board member, Monica Chadha, is working with co-op member, Ben Bottorff, a local carpenter, to build some custom furniture for the co-op using old barn wood. 
General Manager, Chris Roland, is interviewing for management positions now- which is exciting!

Check out our PINTEREST Board to see what inspires the design team!



The Sugar Beet food Co-op will be a member-owned full-service grocery store in Oak Park, IL opening summer 2015.  

The Co-op will carry locally and sustainably grown organic foods, when possible, and be your “one stop shop” for high quality foods all year round.

Food Co-ops are different than conventional grocery stores!  

All of the profit will go back into The Co-op and, when possible, to its members. That means our grocery dollars stay in our communities to help support local businesses and farmers.

Food Co-ops are leaders in sustainability.  

The Sugar Beet Food Co-op will be in a LEED certified, geothermal building at 812 W. Madison in Oak Park.  As the store is designed and built-out, every effort is being made to choose environmentally friendly products and finishes.  Food Co-ops are super recyclers and our vendors will be encouraged to reduce packaging as much as possible.

The Sugar Beet Co-op is a DEMOCRACY.

The over 1000 members of The Sugar Beet Co-op have a say in how this store will run, what products will be carried and who is elected to the Board of Directors.  With grand opening months away NOW is the time to get involved!  


Membership to The Sugar Beet Co-op is $250 per household and is a one-time fee. There are monthly installment options through PAY PAL as well as reduced membership rates for Seniors, Students and individuals using LINK. Check out our Membership Page for more info.

Photography by Susanne Fairfax.