In London, The People’s Supermarket hires its customers in order to guarantee lower prices
Riding on the wave ‘back to local communities’, The People’s Supermarket in London was created with a simple concept: every month, each customer agrees to partake in some in-store voluntary work for a set number of hours, in exchange for competitive prices. The store is a great example of a self-managed business, successfully run by its members.
Entrepreneurs, Arthur Potts Dawson and Kate Wickes-Bull were inspired by a simple, organic cooperative supermarket based in Brooklyn and decided to renovate an abandoned supermarket in the Holborn area of London. “It’s the perfect business model as it is both economically viable and has no negative impact on either the purchasing power of the community or the environment,” they explained excitedly. The People’s Supermarket sells mostly fresh produce that is organic and grown by gardeners in the suburbs of London, which helps the local community.
The supermarket created a huge buzz when it originally opened, so much so that Channel 4 created a documentary on the business, praising its “bold attempt to mend a broken society”. Both entrepreneurs smile, but tell The Telegraph:
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