Rethinking the purpose of the corner shop

So this was one of the most interesting articles I’ve read lately. Essentially it asks the question, what if the corner shop (the milk bar or newsagency, in Australia) changed to become the centre or hub of the community?

I know both of these types of businesses have been under threat here with competition from supermarkets, declining newspaper and magazine sales and a focus on healthy foods. There are ideas in this article about engaging with local residents more, asking their opinions, setting up a co-op model with an annual membership fee, with some examples from around the UK. And there’s more ideas coming soon, with this just the first article an series.

You can read the full article yourselves here:

Thanks to New Start magazine for pushing the envelope. What do you think? Could this work in Australia?


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