History
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History

Each Co-op has their own version of how the local Co-ops started, but really it all stories started off the same way.  A group of neighbors and farmers got together and decided to pool their buying power and as a result, the local Co-ops was born.

Small groups held several meetings and decided to form their own businesses,

In the beginning years, the main activities of the groups consisted of buying various goods in large quantities and selling these items to their members at cost plus the transportation charges.

  • Mannville Co-op started in 1919
  • St. Paul Co-op was established in 1932
  • Vermilion & District Co-op began in 1934
  • Elk Point Co-op started in 1938
  • Dewberry Co-op began in 1941
  • Wainwright Co-op opened their doors in1944
  • Mannville and Vermilion Co-op’s Amalgamated in 1966
  • Vermilion-Mannville Co-op Amalgamated with Dewberry Co-op in 1967
  • Elk Point Co-op amalgamated with St. Paul Co-op in 1967 Calling the Co-op St. Paul and District Co-op
  • Vermilion-Mannville Co-op Amalgamated with Wainwright Co-op in 1968
  • Name Change of Retail to Eastalta Co-op in 1969
  • Eastalta Co-op Amalgamated with St. Paul and District Co-op in 2017 to form Cornerstone Co-op

 

Co-op members have always known there’s power in numbers and together we stand the test of time. From humble beginnings of local farmers building a Co-op, to making life better.  Cornerstone Co-op has grown to 27,000 locally-minded, member-owners who are the fabric of our communities. 

 

Cornerstone Co-op is the one of the most progressive and successful retail businesses in the area.  Our operations will have annual sales of over $160 million.

 

We are also a part of a Federation that we call the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS).  Our Federation is the 43rd largest company in Canada and employs over 25,000 employees.  The CRS is a unique network of more than 200 retails serving approximately 1.5 million members owners, in over 500 communities in Western Canada.  We are proud now to be the 8th largest retail in the CRS that focuses on our Co-op experiences and pride teamwork, excellence, and brand.