The outsider consumer co-operative

lessons from the Community Co-operative Store (Nuriootpa), 1944-2010

Nikola Balnave*, Greg Patmore

*Corresponding author for this work

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Current models of co-operative survival need to be modified to consider those national experiences where consumer co-operatives become ‘outsider co-operatives’; they cannot rely on a broader co-operative movement or network. The Nuriootpa Co-operative is a prime example of such a co-op. Its ability to deal with issues of capitalisation, ideological appeal and relationships with the local community has historically been central to the survival and growth of this Australian Rochdale co-operative. However, without the support of a broader movement or network, its adoption of the franchising model has proved to be a key to the success of this co-operative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133-1154
Number of pages22
JournalBusiness History
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2015


  • Barossa
  • Community
  • Consumer Co-operatives
  • Franchising
  • Rochdale

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