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Grimsby’s First Social Supermarket Opens Its Doors


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Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket chain, has today opened its fourth store in Grimsby, which will provide members with access to surplus food at discounted prices.

Grimsby’s First Social Supermarket Opens Its Doors

Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket chain, has today opened its fourth store in Grimsby, which will provide members with access to surplus food at discounted prices.

Founder of Community Shop John Marren, Head of Community Shop Gary Stott, Great Grimsby MP Melanie Onn, and representatives from Young’s Seafood were amongst the many industry partners and local businesses to attend the official opening.

The store, which is located in Centre4 on the Nunsthorpe Estate, joins the South Yorkshire stores, Community Shop Athersley and Community Shop Goldthorpe, and the London store Community Shop West Norwood.

The Grimsby store is the first Community Shop to be co-located in a bigger community space, and will sit alongside other the services at Centre4, including the Community Learning Services, the Centre4 Advice team, Positive Activities and the Health & Wellbeing Collaborative Teams, amongst others.

Community Shop, the social enterprise, was founded in 2013 by the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus stock, Company Shop. Community Shop Grimsby offers high quality surplus food from the manufacturing supply chain to its members, at great prices. It is all food which would otherwise go to landfill.

Open to individuals living in areas of deprivation and in receipt of welfare support, Community Shop helps its members to stretch their family budgets and kick start positive change in their own lives.  The revenue raised from food sales are invested into Community Hub, where members gain access to mentoring, advice, skills and business courses, as well as hot meals cooked from surplus in the Community Kitchen. 

Rooted in the community, Community Shop Grimsby will have a transformational impact by inspiring motivation and confidence in members, and improving health and economic outcomes for families in the local area.  

As well as having support from big name brands such as Young’s Seafood and Sealord Caistor Ltd, Community Shop was previously awarded £600,000 by the Big Lottery Fund, which was critical in getting work underway. The positive outcomes achieved by Community Shop Grimsby are not possible without the support of local food businesses who donate their surplus stock. Community Shop Grimsby is actively looking for more local partners as they begin their journey in the region.




John Marren, Founder and Chairman of Community Shop, said:

“We are delighted to be opening our new Community Shop in Grimsby. It is a town with a rich food heritage and we are incredibly grateful for all of the support we have received from North East Lincolnshire Council and the Big Lottery Fund. We would also like to thank Melanie Onn MP, local food businesses and Centre4 for welcoming us with open arms.”


Linda Dellow MBE, Chief Officer at Centre4, said:

“We are thrilled that Community Shop has opened its doors and joined our Centre4 family. Community Shop inspires people to make a positive life change for themselves and for their community, which is central to our vision at Centre4.”


Graham Pembroke, Financial Controller - Operations from Young’s Seafood Ltd added:

“We are delighted to be supporting Grimsby’s first social supermarket and to be a part of an initiative which will continue to grow.”


Joe Ferns, Big Lottery Fund UK Knowledge and Portfolio Director, said:

“We are pleased that Community Shop has been able to utilise the funds raised by National Lottery players to enable people to access high quality and affordable food. The project will make a real difference to the local community in Grimsby and tackle the important issue of food surplus.”