25p shop to go nationwide?
Businesswoman Charlotte Danks, who set up the 25p Shop, wants to take her idea nationwide. She recently opened up her second store, and thinks that this could be a great thing for the UK, especially those who are struggling financially.
At her Bargain Brand Food shops, you can get tinned food, dairy products, fresh meat, and more, as she sells on items that supermarkets have rejected thanks to packaging that has been damaged, or because they were close to sell-by date.
Danks' shops are in Cornwall, but she wants to branch out.
She said: "It's really taken off. I've had a lot of positive feedback; people come in often and thank me for helping them get through difficult times – which is very rewarding."
"I hope to continue doing this for the rest of my life, as long as I keep having customers regularly coming back I should be able to expand and I hope I can bring this to other struggling communities. I’d love to see this spread all over the country, but at the minute I am focusing on Cornwall."
She added: "It has been manic. There were queues of people waiting to get in, and at one point people were actually waiting outside for customers to come out because there wasn’t enough room for them in there too."
"Most of what we sell is stuff that’s coming up to it’s sell-by date, but that’s not the same as its expiry date. Everything is perfectly fine, but the supermarket has to get it off its shelves and it would otherwise end up straight in landfill."
"We sell a mixture of things from tinned foods, to crisps, sweets, dried foods, fresh meat and dairy products, toiletries, hair dye, cat food – pretty much whatever I can get my hands on; it changes every week."