Why do communities need a shop?

Village shops are often the heart of the local community providing a means of obtaining provisions and an important opportunity for social contact. 

Many residents, particularly the elderly and those without their own transport, rely on local shops for daily essentials. 

Community shops play an important role in reducing social isolation by providing a place for people to meet and chat. The village shop can provide a way for the community to keep an eye out for vulnerable residents. 

The generally held view amongst estate agents is that around a 5% premium is generated by having a village shop alongside other community amenities, such as a hall and a school.

By minimising the number of journeys or distances that people drive for provisions, a local shop can reduce our environmental footprint.