The People’s Supermarket, Oxford – modelled on the London People’s Supermarket – opened on Saturday 21st, providing an alternative to the many mainstream supermarkets popping up on the Cowley Road and St Clements.
The People’s Supermarket aims to provide everyday groceries at fair prices for everyone and is run by its owner/members who pay a membership fee and volunteer four hours a month to work in the supermarket. It sells locally and ethically produced food as far as possible and is open to everyone, although members get an additional 20% off the already good prices.
Today I did my first shift and saw the grapefruits at 29p fly off the shelves. People were excited by the great range of bread made by local (Wheatley) Cornfield Bakery, using traditional methods. As well as standard products like pasta, frozen chips, washing powder and tins of baked beans, it also stocks organic and fairly traded products like Just Change tea and spices. And there is a suggestions box for anything you think should be on the shelves, but isn’t.
If you want to support local producers, help reduce food waste, shop in a friendly, colourful, community-spirited environment and maybe even become a supermarket part-owner yourself, pop down to the People’s Supermarket, opposite East Oxford Community Centre and have a chat with one of the volunteers there.
You can’t miss them, they’re the ones wearing bright red The People’s Supermarket t-shirts with a smiley faced shopping trolley on!
For more information see www.tpsoxford.org
Read an interview with The People’s Supermarket Oxford founder, Chris Waites, and about other initiatives in Oxford’s people’s food revolution in this blog.