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Rock City Roasters, Rockland ME

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Location: Rockland, ME
Industry: Cafe
Number of employees: 25
Conversion date: 2018

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Worker ownership works for everyone! The Rock City Roasters and Cafe story from Co-op Development Institute..


Rock City Roasters is a 25-worker café and roastery in Rockland, ME, that became a cooperative corporation in 2018. The founder started the business in 1992 and saw in the sale an opportunity to reward workers for their efforts building the business, assurance that the café’s character as a main street community center would continue, and an ongoing revenue stream by financing a portion of the transaction’s loan herself. Workers in the rural Maine region are often tempted to leave for opportunities elsewhere, but the new employee owners of the café are investing for the long term.

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