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Working example of a People's Supermarket

Customers spend more at ‘People’s Supermarket’

A new retailer that claims to put the power back into the hands of local growers and shoppers is seeing its customers spend more money each week despite tough economic times.

The People’s Supermarket, co-founded by eco-friendly chef Arthur Potts Dawson and former Marks & Spencer commercial executive Kate Bull last year, is essentially a cooperative shop that offers discounts to its members. Its aim is to restore the balance in the food retail sector, where local growers have increasingly seen their margins cut by the big supermarkets. It also allows shoppers to reduce their environmental footprint by buying locally whilst keeping their costs down by becoming members and volunteering in the shop.
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To keep the shop’s costs low, people who shop at the coop are encouraged to become members. For a member fee of £25 and a promise to work four hours a month, members receive a 10 per cent discount on their purchases. For most businesses, labour makes up a large portion of the expenses, so having employees who are nearly all volunteers allows the shop to offer its products for less.

Full article: http://www.greenwisebusiness.co.uk/news/customers-spend-more-at-peoples-...