Our new shop is open!
New Galloway Community Shop opened in its refurbished premises on the High Street on Tuesday 14th August 2018. Come and see us ‘back home’ and view our wide range of products including many locally sourced supplies. You will find we have our familiar range of basics plus treats and surprises. Look out for the fresh fruit and vegetables on the ‘glut’ table donated by local gardeners.
Our opening hours are
- 08:00 – 13:00, 13:30 – 18:00 Monday – Saturday
- 09:00 – 13:00, 13:30 – 16:00 on Sundays.
- We close for lunch everyday from 13.00 – 13.30.
Our telephone number is 01644 420 620.
Our Community Engagement Worker, Sam Rushton, will shortly begin operating out of the office behind the shop.
Meanwhile renovation work is continuing to convert the attached house into two two-bedroom self-catering flats for rental to the tourist market and to family and friends visiting the area. Work on the flats is scheduled for completion in October 2018.
New Galloway’s Community Shop is open!
We opened for business on 17 July 2017. Lynsey Hogg, our Retail General Manager, is pictured on our opening day.
It was announced on 22nd March), 2017, that New Galloway Community Enterprises Ltd had been awarded a grant of £800,000 by the Big Lottery ‘Growing community Assets Fund’ to allow us to complete our plans. The grant covered the purchase and renovation of Hopkins Shop in New Galloway, transitional support for the shop and the conversion of the house into two self-catering flats for holiday rental. It also supports the employment of a Community Engagement Worker to foster the social and economic wellbeing of the community. See the News page for more details.
New Galloway Community Enterprises Ltd (NGCE) is a Community Benefit company owned by more than 250 shareholders, two thirds of whom live in the New Galloway area. NGCE and set up to trade for the benefit of the community.
The Community Shop aims to provide good value, high quality food for New Galloway residents, with a strong emphasis on community support and local food.
The six-bedroom house above the shop will be converted into two self-catering apartments for letting to the tourist market. This will generate further income which can be invested back into New Galloway’s other charitable needs.
It is also planned to make the shop into a social well-being hub, to further support the community. From the back-office, a Community Engagement Worker will offer a sign-posting service to help people find the right help at times of life upheaval, host benefit-maximisation surgeries to ensure people are getting what they are entitled to, and administer fuel buying co-operatives to save people money on fuel bills.
The long term aim is for New Galloway to be a self-sustaining village with its own income and strong community support for all of its residents. The venture has support from all age groups in the community.