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We love… The People’s Supermarket

zeitgeist_6_15_2010.jpgThe People’s Supermarket is a member-run food cooperative located on Lambs Conduit Street in London. Launched on June 1st by Arthur Potts Dawson, chef for the eco-friendly training restaurant Acorn House, and David Barrie, a social entrepreneur, the grocery store is operated for the benefit of its volunteers and the surrounding community.

Modeled after the booming Park Slope CoOp in Brooklyn New York, The People’s Supermarket is a fully non-profit venture staffed by members. Anyone can join and for an annual fee of £25 (about 37USD) and a commitment to work four hours in the shop per month, supermarket volunteers will earn both a discount and a share in store ownership.

Looking forward, Potts Dawson believes “food co-ops are the future,” citing the Park Slope CoOp’s success with over 17,000 active members and a thriving community. Barrie adds, “The People’s Supermarket is about a great shopping experience, collectivizing the enthusiasm and skill of its members, direct democracy and affordability through participation”, and who wouldn’t want that?

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