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Barcombe Village Shop

On 8 Mar 2017 at 1:56pm The Greek wrote:
The shop is up for sale. After an unsuccessful attempt to sell the business over the last 3 years the shop may close its doors for good at the end of May if no buyer is found.

The shop is the only grocery store in the village and is well frequented by all. There is also a Post Office in the premises. It would be a shame to lose that considering it has never been threatened with closure by the PO itself!
The Parish Council is spearheading a share scheme for investors to run the shop. Shares start from 250. See the link fr more details...

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On 8 Mar 2017 at 2:16pm The Greek wrote:
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On 10 Mar 2017 at 1:22am Market Forces wrote:
If the locals used it more then someone would snap it up
Sounds like it's a dead duck.
This is the village that can't get a bonfire up and running so what chance is there of saving a shop ?
On 10 Mar 2017 at 9:43am The Greek wrote:
Thanks for being so cynical. There has been interest in purchasing it, but I'm not sure if the flat above was going to go with it, as such house prices in Barcombe are way too extortionate for someone to come in and also live there, without initially making some money first.

I would indicate that it is in fact profitable as the owner has managed to make enough money to buy a second house. The reason for selling is retirement. The Post Office is also the only remaining Post Office between Lewes and Uckfield and has never been threatened with closure, unlike virtually every other village PO nearby.

As it stands, 250 people attended a public meeting on the matter and nearly half the money has been pledged.

Regarding the Bonfire, we had over 40 people at our AGM this year and are indeed up and running about for 2017.
On 10 Mar 2017 at 10:49am Horseman7 wrote:
My parents until recently lived in a tiny village near Bristol. The locals bought the shop, which was not profitable, complete with Post Office, about 20 years ago. My father was one of the major shareholders, putting in 2,000, the lowest being 10. The shop is staffed by volunteers and sells what people want, however obscure, as well as fresh produce from local farmers. A peripatetic postmistress visits for a 3 hour session 3 times a week. It works very well and any profits are ploughed back in (presumably it's a CIC). This shop and PO has served as a flagship for later businesses, e.g. Ambridge.
On 12 Mar 2017 at 10:20pm Survived two crashes wrote:
Think the owners book keeping and accounts are the main problem in selling the business

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