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The shop has been owned by Ian Evans since 2001. He has loyally served the village by running the shop and Post Office for the last 18 years and many villagers have benefited from his quiet, often unseen kindness.

The community shop will not operate in competition with Ian Evan's shop. We are working closely with Ian and the hope is that Ian will continue as post master in the new hub.

We have asked Ian to summarize the current situation and have included his thoughts in his own words here.

The long-term survival rate of community shops is 94% which compares very favourably to 44% for all small businesses (source Plunkett Foundation). This is due to the way communities, who feel engaged with the business, respond to help the it during tough times (more volunteering, increased use etc).

Of course, to survive any shop will need the community to use it so its key to involve everyone in deciding what is wanted.

We plan to operate the community shop as follows:

Hub-based Community Shop and Post Office

Shop trade has been steadily decreasing over the last 5 years and is now at such a low level that after costs the shop makes a loss. There are two main reasons:

In light of this, Ian finds it hard to justify the 70 hours a week he is currently working and is seriously considering closing the shop outside the post office opening hours or possibly altogether.  He would continue to run the post office for the 25 hours a week he is contracted to do so, at least preserving this service for the village.

The hub team's current hope is for Ian to transfer the post office to the hub when it is built and to continue to run it from this new location for as long as he wishes. This would allow Ian to close the existing shop premises and for them to be changed to a residential use.

The hub would benefit from Ian's long-standing retail experience and the additional footfall generated by the Post Office. However, the community shop is unlikely to open for trade until early 2021 so and we are concerned that the village shop, without more custom, will not survive that long.

If we don't use it, we'll lose it!

So please pop in when you can, spend what you can and maybe stop for a chat while you're there.

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