Address: 1341 West 26th Street, Erie PA 16508 / (814) 456-0282
About Us / Whole Foods Cooperative History: The Whole Foods Co-op is a full-service natural foods market. We are acooperative business, which means we are owned and democraticallycontrolled by our investors. The co-op got its start in 1978 when theMinority Health Education Delivery System (MHEDS), a social service agencyin Erie, obtained funds to start a co-op with paid employees. Known as theFood Basket, its purpose was to serve the Hispanic community in the area byproviding foods from their culture at affordable prices. Although Hispanicfood was a priority, the co-op also ordered and sold natural foods as well.By 1980, almost all members interested in Hispanic foods had left theco-op. At that time, MHEDS wanted to withdraw funding and have the co-opbecome self-supporting. Within one year, natural foods became the focus,the co-op achieved sustainability, and it was incorporated as the WholeFoods Cooperative. Over the years we have quadrupled our space withexpansions and relocations in order to serve the community. We currentlyfocus our product line on organic and natural brands and also support localproducers whenever possible. These values are carried out in all our storedepartments. Our deli makes vegetarian and vegan dishes from scratch usinghigh quality ingredients. Enjoy a meal from our deli service counter in ourseating area, or pick up something to go. We also offer organic and localproduce, and frozen natural and organic meats. You’ll also find a widevariety of groceries, frozen food, bulk items, coffee, herbs andsupplements, and foods for special diets. We are proud of our knowledgeablestaff, which can assist you with your regular purchases as well as specialinquiries. We look forward to your visit.