Northampton

Villagers reopen shop in Cottingham after five years

A Northamptonshire village shop is reopening after a group of residents clubbed together to pay for it.

The shop in Cottingham which used to be a post office, closed around five years ago but 180 shareholders have invested £11,000 in a co-operative venture.

The store and café will serve both Cottingham and Middleton villages and open seven days a week.

It will be run by four paid staff backed by 25 volunteers who will donate a few hours each week.

Andy Gilgrist, one of the residents supporting the shop, said: "I used to walk past this shop when it was shut and think 'what a shame' but to see it open again now and to hear people inside is just fantastic."

The store and café also has community rooms, free wifi internet access and computers for customer use.

Many of the volunteers in the shop will include several young people from both villages.

Tracey Coen, who works in the coffee shop, said: "I saw an advert in the shop window looking for volunteers to open up the shop and café each morning.

"I'm a very early morning person and I thought that would fit in perfectly with my life and it also gives me the opportunity to put something back into the village community."

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