Community-run Anglesey shop enjoying big success

Reporter:

Tomos Hughes

AN ANGLESEY community shop which was set up three months ago is proving a massive hit with locals.

Back in January, residents of Llanfaes decided to set up a social enterprise to run a new village shop in the community hall, after the village shop closed its doors for good in August 2013.

The community shop has since far exceeded the committee’s expectations, going on to treble its projected turnover.

Fred Spencer, chair of the Llanfaes community shop committee, said: “We’re over the moon with the way things have gone.

“The support from the community has amazed us. It’s more than three times, maybe more, the amount that we expected to get.

“When we first started, we didn’t have a clue how to start up a shop but we picked it up as we went along.

“There’s people I’ve spoken to in the last 12 weeks that I hadn’t spoken to in 10 years.”

The long term aim of the committee was to put proceeds towards building a play area next to the shop.

But thanks to the shop’s early success and an additional £12,000 of grant funding, construction of the play area can begin over the coming months.

Last week, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood was given a whistlestop tour of the shop by committee members Fred Spencer, Betty Kotkowicz, county councillors, Lewis Davies, Carwyn Jones, town councillor Ron Parry, and a host of volunteers.

Cllr Lewis Davies said: “I’m so proud to have worked with this community. There’s 17 volunteers running it now and it’s been a great success.”

Cllr Carwyn Jones said: “The shop is doing so well, the long term plan has already been achieved.

“It’s going from strength to strength and the sky's the limit where these Llanfaes community leaders are involved."

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