COMMUNITY SHOP: New ‘social supermarket’ in Bidston, Wirral
A new ‘social supermarket’ will save eligible shoppers 50% on their average bill.
Community Shop Beechwood, at Manor House on Beechwood Drive in Bidston, Wirral, will also offer customers hot meals from its kitchen, with children eating for free.
The scheme, part of an award winning social enterprise, is open to people who live locally and receive welfare support.
The Beechwood store is part of the Community Shop social supermarket chain, the first of its kind in the country, which will offer those most in need access to good quality cheap food and other household products.
In total, Community Shop has six stores across England, including in Halton and Liverpool city centre.
Community Shop Beechwood is set to open on Wednesday, June 23, and it is estimated that 750 people will use the service with eight jobs created.
Most of the items for sale have been donated by major retailers and manufacturers, they may otherwise have gone to waste.
The revenue raised from selling the discounted stock will be invested into a community hub, which will host sessions on things such as cooking, home budgeting, interview skills and business courses.
Onward Homes are supporting the store by providing the Manor House building free of charge, while Ocado’s ‘You Give, We Give’ initiative, where the company matches customers’ donations to support schemes such as this one, has helped to fund the project.
Last year, Ocado donated more than £8m to good causes through the scheme.
Natalie Brown, head of Community Shop said: “We are really excited to be opening Community Shop Beechwood, especially during a period when the support we offer is more valuable than ever in helping people through challenging times.
“We know the store will have a really positive impact on many people locally, and it marks our long-term commitment to bring more Community Shop stores to the region.
“We are hugely grateful for the support of Onward and Ocado, as well as the local community groups who we have been working closely with, and Wirral Council.
“We are looking forward to now making Community Shop Beechwood a reality and would encourage anyone who would like to find out more about Community Shop and the opportunities available via both membership and external support, to get in touch.”
Jonathan Wiseman, chief people officer at Ocado Retail said: “It’s an honour for Ocado to be able to fund such a worthwhile cause as the opening of a brand new Community Shop.
“We’ve been working with Community Shop for a number of years now and know first-hand what a tremendous job they do within local communities.”
Sandy Livingstone, executive director of property at Onward, said: “Onward is pleased to be able to help facilitate a new Community Shop store in the heart of another one of our communities, following on from the success of the Halton and Liverpool stores.”
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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