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Our History


1937 - 1947

Niskayuna Co-op incorporated in March 1943. In 1947 we moved to our current location.

1953 - 1962

The store expanded three times to accommodate increased demand, add a second-story stockroom and a German deli/restaurant (1962). In the early 1960s the co-op was one of the top producing in the USA.

1962 - 1968

Longtime general manager, Stan Lee, retires in 1964. Years of mismanagement ensue and continue through the early 1970's. In 1968 we undertook a major renovation.


By 1973 the Board wanted to sell the co-op for $250,000. In 1973 long-time Board secretary Betty Mathis along with the new Board saved the co-op by not selling out. A new Board was established including Bill Williams, Al Fink and others determined to save the co-op.


The restaurant was discontinued and replaced with a snack bar. In November the first Open House was held and continues to this day.

1982 - 1986

In 1982 the Mt. Pleasant Co-op was established and operated. It closed in 1986. In 1984 the new entranceway was expanded to add an additional cash register and abate a flooding issue.

2001 - 2003

A nearby grocery store (Grand Union) closes, resulting in a 40% increase in sales. In 2003 the entire co-op was remodeled. This $1,250,000 project resulted in a totally new façade, floors, ceiling, lighting, wall décor, fixtures, and equipment. Steady growth continues. High quality food, meat/deli is the focus.

2011 - 2012

More remodeling. In 2011: $200,000 project includes a new roof, insulating the building, a new furnace and two new vent fans. In 2012: $400,000 investment to remodel and upgrade the interior, floors, décor and signage.


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Local Causes Supported


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