Welcome! Durham Central Market is a new neighborhood cooperative grocery working to open a store located near the downtown area (Read more about our location).  Durham Central Market follows the owner/member model of local co-op groceries like Weaver Street Market in Carrboro and Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro, but with a distinctively Durham flavor.  If you're not an owner, now is a great time to become one! Building a full-service grocery store is a big project, and we need your help to get the doors open. We're looking for investors who want to keep their money local and help get a true community organization off the ground, while still getting a return on their investment. If you're already an owner and are interested in participating in this great opportunity, you can find out more or send us questions about becoming an investor.

Our goal for the store is to offer high quality, mostly local food and other products, to reinvest profits back into the community, to practice sustainability, and to foster a respectful, professional workplace. We invite you to learn more about the ideas and the planning that has gone into the development of the Durham Central Market cooperative. As a grocery store dedicated to serving Durham and built by Durham, Durham Central Market got to this point through the great work of volunteers from local Durham neighborhoods. We continue to need volunteer help and hope that you will consider volunteering your time and talents. You can contact us by email at info@durhamcentralmarket.org or send us mail at P.O. Box 25216, Durham, NC 27702-5216.

3rd Friday (10/16) at DCM Office - Photography by George Louro

DCM will host a 3rd Friday showing of photographs by George Louro at our Liberty Arts office, 538 Foster Street, this Friday, 10/16/09, from 6-8 pm. We hope you will stop by and say hello, and view George's beautiful photographs and hand-made frames. You can learn more about George and his work here.

3rd Friday (9/18) at DCM Office - Photography by Caryl Feldacker

Come visit the office of Durham Central Market (538 Foster St.) this Friday evening from 6-9pm and see the wonderful photography of Caryl Feldacker.


The first Annual Owners Meeting of the Durham Central Market co-op will be held on Sunday, October 25, at a location to be announced. A potluck is planned along with the business meeting. At the meeting, owners will receive a progress report on the store's development, consider any non-binding questions, and elect the next board of directors. The current board hopes to receive your vote of support. Anyone wishing to put forth his or her name for consideration on the board should contact Robin Arcus, at robin@durhamcentralmarket.org , for submission details.

DCM hosts Alisha Arneth during Durham's 3rd Friday Arts Event - 8/21

Alisha Arneth will be exhibiting her paintings at the DCM office - 538 Foster Street - during Durham's 3rd Friday Art Event on August 21st. If you're downtown, stop in and check out the art and say hello. If you're on Facebook, you can RSVP the event here.

Seeking Artists for 3rd Friday Event

DCM is hosting artists during Durham's 3rd Friday art event. Upcoming 3rd Friday dates are 9/18/2009, 10/16/2009, 11/20/2009, and 12/18/2009. If you or someone you know would be interested in exhibiting work at our Liberty Arts office, 538 Foster Street, please contact Heather Tunnell, at volunteer@durhamcentralmarket.org

FOOD, INC. playing at the Carolina Theater for one more week.

If you missed the film Food, Inc. at Full Frame this year, you can catch it at the Carolina Theater in Downtown Durham for one more week. Showtimes are 7:30 and 9:15pm nightly with weekend matinees at 2:10 and 4:15pm.

Food, Inc. is an illuminating account of where our food comes from these days. It features authors high on the DCM reading list – Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation). So, if you are interested enough in what you eat to read this website, it’ll be well worth your time.


DCM at the Eno River Festival

Durham Central Market was well-represented at this year's Eno River Festival. Our new bumper stickers were on sale - more to follow about how to procure a bumper sticker for yourself!! We spoke with current owners, and added some new owners to our ranks.

7/7/09 Volunteer Orientation - Time change to 6:00pm

Our monthly volunteer orientation will be held from 6:00 pm to 6:30 on Tuesday, July 7, at our office at 538 Foster Street. If you're interested in volunteering, please stop by and learn how you can be involved.

Thanks for Making the Memorial Day BBQ a Success!


Thanks to all the DCM owners and friends who came out to Durham Central Park on Memorial Day. The event was bookended by rain, but the blue sky appeared right on cue. Wonderful music, good food, and a great time. Check out the gallery for more pictures.

Join us for Memorial Day BBQ at Central Park - UPDATE

UPDATED INFO: Plans for vendors have not panned out, so we will be making available meat and veggie burgers and dogs with all the fixings, and Locopops(!!) all available for a suggested donation. An additional grill will be available if you want to bring your own food to grill/barbecue. Red Rover, Mark Cool, and the New River Rock Skippers will be providing live music! Come and join us!!

2010 Annual Meeting

Join Online!

You can now become a Durham Central Market Owner via the website. We offer individual ownerships and business ownerships. Become an owner today by filling out the online DCM Ownership form and pay using a secure Paypal connection, and thanks!! If you would prefer, you can also fill out and print the individual ownership form (pdf) or business ownership form (pdf) and mail it in. Follow the instructions on the form.

Contact Us

Durham Central Market
P.O. Box 25216
Durham, NC 27702-5216

Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @DurhamCentMkt.

The Owner Investment Campaign is ongoing, offering our owners the opportunity to invest in the co-op. Details on your options for investing are available here.
Email your intention to pledge to invest@durhamcentralmarket.org
We'll walk you through the rest. Together we can build something wonderful!

Upcoming Events

April 12 & 26  - Durham Farmers Market

May 10 & 24 - Durham Farmers Market

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