On October 16th 2024, Barossa Co-op will celebrate their 80th anniversary as a co-operative, both owned and operated by the Barossa community since 1944.

It all started with the Nuriootpa community gathering together in 1944 to take over the local general store, after owner Harold Sheard decided to sell his Sheard’s Service Store in the main street to retire to Port Elliot.

8 decades later, this small general store has become Barossa Co-op, one of the largest and longest standing retail co-operatives in Australia, with eleven retail businesses in the town of Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley.

To find out more about our history, click below.

On October 16th 2024, we will be celebrating our 80th anniversary as a co-operative, and we look forward to celebrating this special milestone with the Barossa community! Keep an eye on this page to find out what we’ll be doing to celebrate later on in the year.

The Meeting Place – 1956

This video from The Australian National Film Board in 1956 features some footage from Barossa Co-op in the early days, highlighting our contributions to the Barossa community in the 1950s.