Can I shop at Clifton Market even though I’m not an owner?
Yes! We encourage everyone to shop at Clifton Market. We are an open, inclusive, neighborhood store. We just happen to have an ownership structure that includes many of your friends, neighbors, and maybe one day you! Stop in and explore our store!
What are Clifton Market’s hours?
Clifton Market is open 7am to Midnight every day (excluding holiday hours).
How do I buy a share?
Fill out our online share form, visit us at the store during open hours or download the owner
Share Application and mail it with a check to:
319 Ludlow Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Will I have to work at the store?
No. Clifton Market is a consumer-owned cooperative grocery store. This means the Board of Directors hired a general manager and he hired a fully paid staff to manage and run the store—you just have to shop!
Why a co-op?
The co-op business model is the best way to serve the community. Grocery co-ops source more local food, pay better wages and put more money back into the local economy. Profits from the co-op are returned to owners in the community in the form of patronage dividends. This encourages owner loyalty because the more you shop, the more you get back.
How will this store succeed when Keller’s IGA did not?
Keller’s IGA was turning a profit even in its last year of operation, but profits were being siphoned off to support another store on Plainville Road and the store needed renovations and modern marketing. Market analysis indicated that an uptrend grocery model in the old Keller’s location would be far more profitable than the conventional model that Keller’s followed. Clifton Market is an uptrend grocery that better fits the community it serves.
Can an independent store like Clifton Market be competitive?
Yes, co-ops have exclusive distribution channels for competitively priced organic and quality foods. We also are using local products not only for quality but to reduce shipping costs. We have a wide variety of products to serve all shoppers who live or work in the area.
How is Clifton Market environmentally conscious?
To start with, Clifton Market’s emphasis on local products is big for our sustainability footprint (and that’s only growing!). We recycle all of our cardboard, plastic and cooking oil as well.
The building was designed with energy efficiency in mind. Seventeen skylights were installed in the roof to allow for more natural light and to dramatically cut down on energy costs. A state-of-the-art CO2 refrigeration system was installed to further reduce energy costs. As a result, Clifton Market uses about half the energy that a conventionally-equipped grocery store would use.
How does Clifton Market give back?
There are a lot of ways that Clifton Market gives back to the community – it’s one of our founding missions! To start with, we donate all of our food that does not sell, or is near the expiration dates to local food pantries, such as the St. George Food Pantry. Additionally, we have monthly round-up campaigns where customers can round up the cost of their purchases to the nearest dollar to donate to a local charity. We have volunteer activities and events that we participate in regularly as well. Clifton Market is always looking for new ways to get involved!
What is the store like?
Clifton Market is an uptrend full-service grocery.
Full service means that the store sells fruits and vegetables; fresh meats, poultry and seafood; canned and frozen foods; dry groceries; baked goods and deli offerings.
Uptrend describes the look and feel of the grocery store—a more polished look than conventional stores (think Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s). That being said, Clifton Market works hard to be price competitive to ensure that everyone in the community is able to shop.
A big focus of Clifton Market is on locally-sourced food and products. Our goal is to have at least 10% of the store locally sourced, with local products in every department.