Mission Statement

The Natural Food Store Limited is an Industrial and Provident society, a co-operative owned by members of the community.

The mission of the society is to run, develop and expand a valuable and valued business in Headingley for the benefit of the community and a wide body of loyal customers. It aims to provide an excellent service, making its offer available for the existing customers and also many new ones - keen on healthy food, wanting in many cases to shop on foot and wanting to see a diversity of food provision in their locality.

The Society aims

  • to develop and expand a store that offers food and other goods that people increasingly want to buy and for which there is an increasing market.
  • to ensure that the number of independent food retailers does not diminish - and indeed help others to thrive.
  • to provide a retail outlet that people can walk to or access easily by public transport.
  • to inspire and attract other independent retailers to the area.
  • to promote the value and viability of community led initiatives as the antidote to supermarket dominance.
  • to give reality to the sense of Headingley as a community through a shared enterprise.

We are building a strong and supportive community of interest around the shop. Members will shop there, encourage others to shop there and are vital to its success. Members can influence the strategic direction of the business in a variety of ways: by taking part in general meetings and elections to the board of directors and by giving feedback and ideas to the board of directors.

Members and investors

To become a member the minimum investment is £100.

The Natural Food Store ltd is a co-operative, a democratic and mutual society where all members have an equal say regardless of the number of shares owned. Buying shares in the society is a good way of supporting the shop and the values it promotes. We rely on investment from members to develop and expand what is already a strong business.

To become a member

Please complete an application form and return it, with your cheque made out to Natural Food Store limited. to:

Linda Robbins. The Society Secretary, Natural Food Store, 7 Bainbrigge Rd, Leeds, LS6 3AD.

If you have any queries please email info@naturalfoodstore.coop