Rochdale Pioneers


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December 1844
Thirty citizens of Rochdale pooled their funds to set up the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers ; they opened a small shop selling household supplies.
Ellwood, Wayne. “Co-ops offer a far better way to organize economic activity”. CCPA Monitor, No. 4, pp. 8 - 10.
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21 December 1844
The Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society , founded by disciples of Robert Owen , opened the first co-operative retail shop in Britain at Toad Lane, Rochdale.