Minneapolis grocery store takes cash, credit—and volunteer hours

Chris Hampson rings up groceries for volunteer Carol Doran at Good Grocer, the new Minneapolis grocery store that offers discounts for volunteer. Volunteering cuts the store's costs by 75 percent. // Photo courtesy Elizabeth Flores for Star Tribune

By volunteering at Good Grocer, a new store on Lake Street in Minneapolis, Carol Doran receives a 25-percent discount. Volunteering cuts the store’s costs by 75 percent. // Photo courtesy Elizabeth Flores for Star Tribune

A new Minneapolis grocery store recently opened on Lake Street, and it’s changing the game for grocery stores everywhere.

Good Grocer, which opened in June between Kmart and Interstate 35W, is a nonprofit that offers a 25-percent discount to customers who agree to become members and volunteer at the store for two-and-a-half hours a month, reports The Star Tribune. Volunteers can be cashiers, baggers, stockers, painters, or even window washers. Free child care is offered on Saturdays.

Founder Kurt Vickman says the volunteer hours have cut labor costs by about 75 percent.

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