People's Supermarket plans second store
Hackney Council has invited the supermarket to undertake a seven week consultation to find out if the local community would want and support a new store. The consulation will be led by TPS CEO Kate Bull.
Bull commented: “Social enterprises have been mistaken for operating only in the voluntary sector, but it is a way of doing business that goes much wider, across all industries and sectors. It can deliver a multitude of things for our local communities, including economic growth, jobs, while working towards solving social and environmental problems.”
The first People’s Supermarket opened in Bloomsbury last year and now has 20 paid staff, helped by over 1,000 members. The supermarket serves 6,000 customers each week and members volunteer their time in exchange for a share in the shop and to get discounts.
Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “The People’s Supermarket will bring economic growth and an increased sense of community to the area as paid employees, local food providers and volunteers work together to run the operation. The model has worked very successfully elsewhere and we would certainly welcome it in Homerton."
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