Monday, 14 June 2010

The People's Supermarket

Visiting Granny last week, she sent a text to ask us to come and join her in the 'shop' so we went along to Lamb's Conduit Street, and there she was behind the counter of The People's Supermarket.   It's the brainchild of Arthur Potts Dawson, the Chef at  Acorn House restaurant on Gray's Inn Road and he borrowed the idea from the first community co-operative style supermarket which is in Brooklyn, New York.   The project has been followed by Channel 4 and a documentary is due to be screened in the Autumn.

From our quick nose around, I could see that although it was early days (they had only been open 6 days at the time) it looked really promising.  Lovely breads and patisserie and a wide range of normal groceries.  No cigarettes (ethical element, you see) and so far, no newspapers but that's due to contracts with distributors apparently.

There's quite an active community spirit around that area anyway but it has stiff competition in Waitrose at the Brunswick Centre nearby.  Sadly it's too far from Bermondsey for our twice weekly shop but from now on, trips to Coram's Fields will include a visit to Granny's shop.

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