Weavers Way FAQ

Do you have to be a member to shop at Weavers Way?

No. Everyone can shop at Weavers Way.

What are the benefits of membership?

There are lots of benefits to membership! Here are a few:

  • Member-only specials.
  • Discounts on Weavers Way branded products.
  • Cash back on checks and debit cards.
  • Discounts at local retailers and service providers.
  • Services such as pre-ordering and home delivery.

Being a member also means having a say. Co-op members elect the Weavers Way Board of Directors and vote on other initiatives. They can serve on committees or run for the Board. Find out more on our member benefits page.

Do members have to do Co-op hours?

Not any more. However, we want everyone to get the fullest benefit of being a member, and we believe that participating in the Working Member Program is an integral part of that.  What better way to get to know your Co-op by spending a few hours a year working there?

Are there benefits to working other than the warm and fuzzy stuff?

Yes! Working Members get 5 percent off all their purchases once they complete their 6 work hours per adult per household per year. Member work also keeps the Co-op’s labor costs down, which ultimately keeps your shopping bills down.

How does being a member help our community?

Added to the voices of our 10,000 individual members, your membership supports fair trade, local and sustainable food; supports local businesses, wholesalers, community groups and institutions; and helps us send an even stronger message to state and national policy-makers. Weavers Way’s mission statementEnds and bylaws and the International Cooperative Principles all reflect a commitment to the community. 

How do I become a member?

You can sign up at any of our stores or online.

What is member equity?

When we say our members are our owners, we mean it. When you join, you make your first equity payment, which buys your share of the Co-op. You can pay as little as $30 each year, up to a maximum of $400, or pay $400 or more up front. If you leave the Co-op, your equity is returned to you.

What does Weavers Way do with my equity?

This is our capital, a fund that helps us make improvements in our stores. The more member capital we have, the less we have to borrow. Members use the services Weavers Way offers and the money stays in our community, benefiting local producers and consumer cooperation.

Does the Co-op carry only organic food?

Our stores carry a wide variety of products to serve a diverse population with a variety of needs. We have an excellent selection of organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, groceries, health food, vitamins, household items, pet products, gift items and more. 

Does Weavers Way make donations to good causes?

Our member-owners may make requests for monetary and in-kind donations, as well as ask that the Co-op take public stands on issues that line up with Weavers Way's Ends and other governing principles. Check out the following:

I’ve heard there are “rules” about shopping in the Mt. Airy store.

Because the store is pretty small, it’s become convention that shoppers leave their baskets on the center counter while they shop. Deli orders work a little differently too — shoppers write down their orders and the deli notifies them on the loudspeaker when orders are ready. Don’t hesitate to ask a staff member or another shopper if you can't find something or aren't sure what to do.

Can I bring my recycling to Weavers Way?

Oh, please don't. Weavers Way is committed to the environment and recycling is one of our major efforts to demonstrate that commitment. But the days are long over when our stores had to be drop-off points for recyclables.
All our operations generate materials that are recycled: cardboard, paper, glass, aluminum and plastic, which are separated from non-recyclable trash and picked up by both the City of Philadelphia and our waste hauler. Our stores also generate lots of food waste, much of which is collected and used for making compost at the W.B. Saul Agricultural High School. The resulting Henry Got Crops compost is on sale at our stores!

What does the name mean?

"Weavers Way"  pays homage to a collective of 28 weavers and other artisans in England who, in 1844, joined together to cooperatively purchase food they could not otherwise afford. The Rochdale weavers weren’t the first group to try forming a co-op, but they were the first to make their co-op succeed and endure. Read more about the Rochdale Pioneers here.