The experience of other community shops with a cafe in the area has shown that once up and running it is a successful model.
Over the period it was in operation Stable Stores demonstrated that with the right mix of fresh produce, local suppliers and a customer led approach that there is a viable business for a shop in the village, even without a cafe.
We also believe that the location, adjacent to the Memorial Hall, close to the school and with a beautiful view over the fields will make the cafe more than just a social hub for the village. It has the potential to attract other users such as walkers, cyclists and passing traffic.
Smarden, which opened in early 2020, had a very encouraging first full year of trading and exceeded their first year forecasts achieving a turnover of £197k.
Benenden, which admittedly is a much larger Community Shop reported a turnover in 2020 of £456k.
Detling, which is a slightly smaller shop than being proposed, has a footfall of 75 – 80 a day with an average spend of £7. Their predicted turnover is £80k pa.
Chart Sutton, which is comparable to Frittenden, has a turnover of £87K pa.
Community shops are a resilient form of business with an average survival rate of 95%
Because the community has a shared ownership of the shop, residents are more likely to shop there.
Community shops tend to have lower overheads as they are often staffed by volunteers.