June 1st, 2021

Our current store hours:
Weekdays:   11am–8pm
Weekends:   noon–4pm
Masks are still required, no exceptions unless by appointment!

Spinach pies, hot soup, and coffee are back, and we have tables outside where you can enjoy them! The indoor café space remains closed.

You can also shop online at www.georgestreetcoop.com/shop for contactless curbside pickup (same hours as above).

History

The Co-op’s history began in 1973, when ten people from the Vegetarian Club at Rutgers founded a buying club to supply high-quality, bulk vegetarian food to their membership. For five years, this buying club operated from one member’s garage near George Street, offering a superior alternative to what local supermarkets were offering. Some of these buying club members are still active in the Co-op today!

This buying club had been founded with the specific intent of becoming a food cooperative. After five years in operation, they had amassed the resources to do so; on April 26th 1978, they filed papers to form a corporation called The George Street Co-op, Inc., and they began renting a tiny retail space at 285 George Street. 11 dedicated members comprised the new Co-op’s initial Board of Trustees.

The Co-op quickly thrived in its new retail storefront, selling to the general public. Still operating as an all-volunteer organization, it soon expanded into the space next door. Even now it continued to grow, until even these two storefronts couldn’t contain it.

It was clear that the Co-op needed its own permanent space. The Co-op began charging a special markup on every purchase, the proceeds from which were invested in a special Building Fund.

After several years, the Building Fund had finally gotten enough funds to let the Co-op to purchase its own space. In May 1988, the Co-op moved to its current location at 89 Morris Street. Many Co-op members remember that moving day: A huge bucket brigade stretched one and a half blocks between the old and new locations. Hour after hour, sweating volunteers lugged the old store’s products and equipment over to their new home. The Co-op has remained in this location ever since.

George Street Co-op

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89 Morris Street
New Brunswick, NJ
732-247-8280

(map and directions)

New hours due to the pandemic
Monday – Friday 11am - 8pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm
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