Co+op and Fresh Deals

Enjoy weekly savings on fresh produce, meat, and cheese with Fresh Deals. Save in every aisle with bi-weekly Co+op Deals.


candy, decor and more

From pumpkins to popcorn to gum pops, we have all your Halloween and trick or treat needs covered. Our aisles are stocked with your favorite candies and snacks - free from high-fructose corn syrup - plus, fresh ingredients to make your Halloween party fun and delicious.


Independence Inc.

Through their mission to maximize the independence of people with disabilities through peer support, training, transportation and community education, Independence, Inc. has served as a resource for Lawrence and Northeast Kansas residents since 1978. As an Independent Living Center, they work with people with varying disabilities to live in the environments of their choice, and they offer options, resources and advocacy to help people live fulfilling lives. For more information, please visit

Everyone is Welcome at The Merc Co+op

The Merc Co+op provides our community a place to shop, gather, eat and learn by offering real food and sustainable products at reasonable prices through cooperative ownership and responsible commerce.
Everyone can shop at The Merc Co+op and anyone can become a Merc Owner. Merc Ownership is an investment in a consumer-owned cooperative business that brings health to your local community. The Merc Co+op is currently owned by more than 7,000 of your friends and neighbors who have chosen to invest in a local business that is guided by policies that prioritize the well-being of its customers and community. Learn more about the benefits of Merc Ownership today!

News & Events

Here is what's happening

September 17-October 31 Board Elections View Candidate Profiles and Voting Instructions
Voters will select from six candidates to fill two open seats. Owners in good standing with shares paid in full by September 1, 2016 are eligible to vote. Voting will take place through this website, as well as by paper ballots available in the store. Results will be announced at the Annual Co-op Meeting on Friday, November 11, 2016 and on the website thereafter.

Seasonal Flavors & Celebratory Cocktails ($30)

Thursday, November 3 | 7:00-9:00 p.m.

However the holidays inspire you, you are sure to learn plenty about making cocktails and treats for your next party at this class. Experts Chef Rick and Head Bartender Jesse, from Limestone Pizza and Bar, will teach you how to prepare it all. Join us in the Merc Classroom for an evening of fun, education and great samples while you learn the techniques and tools to make classic and creative cocktails to pair with traditional holiday flavors. Must be 21 to attend.

Uncommonly good hush puppies on the hot bar. Open until 9 pm tonight! #todayatthecoop

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More Choices at Your Community-Owned Co-op

Do you find yourself dividing up your list of groceries by which store you’re going to buy them? You’re not alone! According to a recent study, the average co-op shopper is regularly visiting over three stores. This research combined with our own conversations with Owners and shoppers has helped us realize that there’s an opportunity for The Merc to offer more choices and better serve the whole community. Affordability is a key issue in the healthy, local and organic food movement and we are addressing it head on with our product selection.Click here to read on!