Mid Wales

Llanfechain community gets new store

Llanfechian Community Shop
Image caption The previous shop closed in Llanfechain nine years ago

A community shop and post office has officially opened in Powys nine years after a previous store closed.

The shop, which sells groceries, is being run by 25 volunteers from an extension to the village hall in Llanfechain, near Llanfyllin.

One of its directors Richard Row said the store was "hugely successful" and had blossomed into a "social hub" for villagers.

It was opened by Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies.

Plans for the community store were first mooted in 2006, when a committee started raising funds to refurbish and extend the village hall to include a shop and post office.

Mr Row said the shop had been open for a few months and was already "hugely successful".

"It's open everyday and half days at the weekend, and the post office is open once a week," he said.

"The general reaction from local people has been very positive. They're pleased there's a shop in the village again.

"We always knew it would be a social hub, but we're surprised by how much of a social exchange point it has become."

The shop was built with support from the Welsh Assembly Government's post office diversification fund and its rural retail fund.

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