After weeks of rearranging shelves, finding suppliers, ordering, cleaning, stocking and endless training sessions, we finally opened the doors to your new Village Stores, and I only joined the project at the last stages!!
This shop has been long anticipated and I feel privileged to be a part of such an exciting venture. Although I was thrilled at the prospects of the role in my new job I was also daunted by the task in hand. You all as individuals have expectations of what your new shop should represent and stock. I have tried to combine local products with value for money and an environment in which you feel welcome to shop in.
For a village community store you have a huge range of stock which has been carefully sourced. It is important for us to support our local producers and also local companies. We currently stock products from 16 local companies some of which you may recognise and others less familiar. For example we have beautiful cakes from Dolly's, fresh free range eggs from Harwell, lovely cuts of meat from Ray Park and Little Wittenham Lamb, and from our own village, Brightwell honey and wine.
I am constantly working towards building a shop that suits you as a village but as you can understand this takes time and more importantly capital. We have a request board in the village shop for you to put your wishes on and when I order stock I include what I can from your lists!
We have a range of fresh baked bread delivered daily and newspapers and magazines, which we will be happy to save for you, you just have to ask in store! We finish off the week with croissants and pain au chocolat on Saturday mornings, so don't miss out!
I must also take this opportunity to say thank you to the volunteers. I can't praise them enough for their professionalism, commitment and their ability to work the till (although I still hear beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep in my sleep!) I hope they are having as much fun with me as I am with them.
I encourage you to come and try your new village stores you might be surprised just how much we do stock Use us when you can... handy for the forgotten birthday card, last drop of milk scenario and for those unexpected guests.
I look forward to meeting and greeting you!
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