In 2006, the only grocery store in Teeswater, Ontario, closed its doors. This closure was the final turnover in a series of private chain stores that had opened and operated in the same location for a short time and then closed. This latest closure left the residents of Teeswater without a store located in town to supply basic groceries and staples, with the only alternatives being big box stores a 15-20 minute drive out of  Teeswater. The residents of the town came together and formed a co-operative to buy the building and reopen the grocery store as the River Village Co-op Market in April 2007.

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Case Study: River Village Co-operative Market, Teeswater
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