In no small part due to the initial support of Meanwhile Project and the DTA, The People's Supermarket remains up, running and thriving at Lamb's Conduit Street in Camden, London - and just wanted to update the home team on our performance.
- we now have over 305 members
- we're estimating 2500 volunteer member hours working in the shop
- we've saved members £17,000 on their shopping bills
- we're serving over 3000 customers/week
- we're looking at breaking even(ish) towards the end of November/early December 2010
- with the support of Social Enterprise London, 20 people are benefiting from working in the shop, courtesy of the Future Jobs Fund
- we've now installed a kitchen on the main floor of the shop to turn waste food in to lunches & we estimate on sales of £1670 of lunches, we have saved about 80kgs of food waste from the dump
- salad leaves are now being supplied to the store by the nearby Calthorpe community gardening ventre
- Time Out London recently named us No 12 in the Top 100 London Shops 2010
- and 'she-takes-no-prisoners' Mary Queen of Shops Portas marked us 8/10 in the Daily Telegraph
We've updated our website and this has now shifted to a new web address > here.
A good set of images is now building up on the business and can be found at our Flickr group - including pictures of our members meetings.
If you want to run a shop, choose stock, support a venture in which shoppers not distant shareholders take the decisions and share in the benefit at the tills, don't hesitate to check out our website and sign up to join the People's Supermarket.
Some members find it difficult to commit to a time shift in the shop.... no worries, just talk to us and you can provide your expertise in kind.
You can always keep track of what we are up to at our Facebook page and @TPSLondon.
Thank you Meanwhile Project! Back to you soon, probably with details of when this new use for a dead property is to be feature in a TV series on Channel 4 in 2011.
Photographs by members Max and Elizabeth Haaarala Hamilton of Haarala Hamilton Photography.