A co-op is a business that is owned by its members and exists to serve its members. A common misconception is that a co-op means organic food, but the cooperative business model can be applied to many kinds of businesses.

The idea of Wirth Co-op was initiated by a group of residents from Harrison, Bryn Mawr. They first met in 2007 in efforts to start a food co-op in the neighborhood. They were all driven by the same passion and convictions.