South Country Co-op Limited (formerly Medicine Hat Co-op Limited), with our head office in Medicine Hat, was incorporated in 1956.
We are a member-owned Co-operative with locations throughout Southern Alberta. We employ close to 700 employees at our various locations and take pride in the fact that that we have over 62,000 members.
Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who elect representatives as their board of directors who in turn hire the management of their local association. Lifetime membership is a one-time cost of $5 and can be purchased at any of our staffed locations.
The continuing development of South Country Co-op is a priority for its board of directors, management and employees. South Country Co-op believes in serving the needs of their members and customers through exceptional service, quality products, variety, selection, choice and value. Traditions that started decades ago remain the cornerstone of who we are today. A promise to stay local, a commitment to the community and a business model that shares profits with anyone who wishes to become a member.
If you are a member, you’re an owner and we thank you for your business. If you’re not already a member, we invite you to become one.
Please read further to learn About Us and Our History.
SERVICES & TOPICS
Co-op is a different kind of business – we’re truly local. Your local Co-op was built by you and built for you. Each Co-op in Western Canada is independent, so it offers the products and services needed by the communities it serves.
Information about our locations and services can be found on our Hours, Locations & Contact Info page.
As a co-operative, we’re not only working for your community, we’re owned by your community. We embed sustainability in our business by planning and investing for the long term, with our communities and environment in mind.
We are proud to be part of the communities we do business in and take pride in being a community builder. We contribute to many local organizations and feel it is important to support our local businesses as well as Canadian suppliers. We purchase from over 40 local suppliers to increase sustainability within our own communities.
For more details about Co-op in the community, visit Co-op's We Care website and read site content tagged with We Care.
At South Country Co-op, we
care about our families, friends and neighbours, as well as the communities where we live, work, and play – that’s why we are committed to supporting our community.
When you shop Co-op, you’re choosing a business that keeps 100% of its profits in your community. Our profits help to provide great jobs, build welcoming facilities and support local groups and charitable organizations that make our community a better place to live.
If your organization would benefit from Co-op’s support, visit our Co-op Community Investment page for more details on the programming we offer.
The Board of Directors oversees governance of your local Co-op - it represents all members and guides management. Directors are democratically elected at the annual meeting and are selected according to our bylaws.