Posted: 14/11/2013 at 20:57
We were threatened with losing our small village shop when the owners decided to move back to Yorkshire. So the whole village took over and we signed a 5 year lease and ran the shop for them, They put their plans on hold, and we raised the funds to build a super new one. Now we are focused on running it successfully, on behalf of the village. We all own it! Amazingly our sales are up lots this year, so we must be doing something right. But you can't stand still and there are things we can do better. Rural post offices in particular have few friends in high places so you can expect further retrenchment there. We lose money on ours but we subsidise it through the shop and of course it is a brilliant local service which we would be daft to give up. It also brings people in to shop.
Tomorrow is the annual staff party, and with partners there will be over 100 villagers involved. So that is the measure of how many are directly involved.
If you Google Woodgreen Village shop you will see what we look like.
all the way....