The St John Inn has created their own local shop

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The St John Inn has created their own local shop

Published at 5:36pm 6th May 2020. (Updated at 5:38pm 6th May 2020)

The St John Inn, near Torpoint, has opened their own mini shop to help support their local community.

From flatpack to opening in just ten days, a grant from rural pub champions, Pub is The Hub, turned an idea for a local shop from owners, Gill and Rob, into a reality.

Gill and Rob purchased the St John pub in 2017 and, after a three year closure, have built back trade to return it as the main hub of the village. 

The shop is set up in a purpose built shed in the car park and is well stocked with a bakery and dairy essentials. As time goes on, Gill and Rob are also looking to start selling a wider range of groceries and other locally sourced goods and basics.

The shop is unmanned, so customers are able to keep to social distancing rules, but, it's monitored through a security mobile phone app to keep it secure. The shop operates a cash-only system where items are priced in multiples of 10p to make payments easier.

“We were fortunate in that we had most of the materials we needed to build the shop as the lockdown was announced. We worked hard during the early weeks in a stifling heatwave but managed to open with some very basic essentials.

We're still trying to fine-tune the fresh food to stop us having to buy it, but we'll get there and when we come out of lockdown the shop will continue to serve the village with a wider range of stock and will complement our pub business.”

Gill Berry, Owner.

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Gill and Rob approached Pub is The Hub earlier in the year for help and advice, and luckily, were successful in their application for a grant from the Community Services Fund to support the costs of the shop.

As the pandemic intensified, Gill and Rob accelerated their three-month project into a matter of weeks, tracking progress for their community on their Facebook and website.

“Gill and Rob pulled out all the stops to get the essential village service up and running with such a quick turnaround. Beyond Covid they hope that this community hub will be a social meeting place to help fight isolation and loneliness.”

Reg Clarke, Pub is The Hub advisor

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