Consumers Cooperative Association of Eau Claire stock certificate 1982 (Wisconsin)
Stunning modern piece with a large under print of a monument like scene with figures supporting a globe with the word "Cooperation" emblazed. Great CO-OP print in the border at the bottom left and right. Issued and not cancelled. Dated 1982.
Consumers Cooperative Association of Eau Claire, doing business as Mega Foods, retails and distributes canned foods and dry goods. The Company offers bakery products, floral, liquor, wine, meat, produce, seafood, and gift cards to grocery stores and other retail food outlets. Mega Foods operates in the State of Wisconsin.
Eau Claire Farmer-Labor Cooperative Association was founded in 1935 when 67 visionaries joined together to buy a train car load of coal to heat their Wisconsin homes. The next year the co-op changed its name to Consumers Cooperative Association (CCA) of Eau Claire and acquired a two-pump gasoline station on Wisconsin Street in downtown Eau Claire. A “super-station” was added in 1940 to provide motor service and lubrication. In 1946, an appliance department was added with one of the best appliance service departments in the area. A coal yard and a bulk petroleum plant were purchased in 1946 along with four trucks to deliver coal and petroleum.
The Co-op’s downtown quarters soon became congested. From there co-op expansion spread to the Highland Avenue area of Eau Claire’s East Hill in 1948, bringing groceries and general merchandise to a former roller skating rink housed in a Quonset hut. Land acquisitions allowed for further development of the Co-op Shopping Center. Numerous more building and department additions, including gas stations, and additional locations in surrounding communities followed.
In the 1980’s the Co-op exited the hardware, clothing, and furniture business and returned to its roots of selling groceries and petroleum. Today CCA provides its 80,000+ members with service, quality, and value at four grocery stores and 19 convenience stores in the Chippewa Valley and Barron Wisconsin. Rebranding has allowed the Co-op to retire the long-used grocery name of Mega Foods in 2014 while reemphasizing its roots with the updated name Mega! CO-OP. The Co-op’s vision is to be the retailer of choice in the markets it serves, operating with integrity and respect in everything it does while supporting the communities it serves.