People's Supermarket looks to expand into Wales
The People¬ís Supermarket is looking to open its first shop outside of London. The member-owned social enterprise said it was currently reviewing plans to support the opening of a branch in Cardiff as it considers launching in other parts of the UK.
The plans are being are being co-ordinated by six volunteers from the local community and the supermarket already has hundreds of potential members pledging their support.
If the opening goes ahead, the new store will be called ‘Siop y Bobl’, Welsh for ‘The People’s Shop’. As with the London stores, the public will be offered the chance to buy a brick for £1 to fund future expansion. The People's Supermarket is also offering the local business community the chance to join the campaign, through sponsorship and corporate social responsibility activities.
The first People's Supermarket opened in central London in 2010 and now employs 19 paid staff and has 1,000 volunteers.
Chief executive Kate Bull said: "The principle of the TPS is that it is driven by the people for the people. Having Siop y Bobl in Cardiff would be another example of the fulfilment of a close relationship with the local council, community and traders, which is an important step towards creating stronger, more sustainable cities."
Bull added: "We hope to work with The Cardiff Siop y Bobl team to bring their plans to fruition in the near future."
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