Stokes Croft People's Supermarket to close
- 23 May 2012
- From the section Bristol
A community supermarket set up to serve the Stokes Croft area of Bristol as an alternative to Tesco is winding up.
The aim was to make organically grown, local, fairly-traded food available to people on a low income in the area.
It began trading after riots in April 2011 when police raided a squat on Cheltenham Road over fears the nearby Tesco would be petrol-bombed.
A statement from the store said it could not compete with chain store prices and needed new leadership.
The supermarket launched in December 2011 with the running of a stall at a Stokes Croft winter street market with plans to make it a more permanent event.
Earlier this year the group behind the store joined forces with New Dawn Traders, which is setting sail to the Caribbean in a 100-year-old boat.
The plan was to bring back goods for the People's Supermarket to sell at a market stall in Bristol this summer.
But a statement on the People's Supermarket website said it could not compete with chain store prices and needed new leadership.
"Setting up a shop whereby the prices are more realistic, in that they reflect the real value of food that is produced in a sustainable and just way, is extremely difficult," said the group.
"We accept that this particular plan has not worked at this particular time in this particular place."