First of all, thank you so much for your support and encouragement over the last few weeks. It means the world to us that during this difficult time we are still able to serve the Penicuik community.
After much consideration and many, many hours of work, we are opening our doors again on Monday 18/05/2020. Our main priority remains the safety of our volunteers and of our customers. This system will be subject to review on a continuous basis.
Now, what does this mean for your shopping experience with the Storehouse?
We are no longer accepting orders for collection at the door.
We do still accept orders for delivery. In order to make sure we have as much of your order available as possible, we ask that you place your grocery order by Sunday night, either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the shop during opening hours. Deliveries will then be made on Thursday night or Friday morning once we have received stock from our suppliers
Ordering and collection of veg boxes will continue as usual. order here
When you come to the shop:
1. Please wait in the marked spot outside the shop for a volunteer to tell you that it’s ok to proceed inside.
2. Please use hand sanitiser as you come in. If you do not have your own, there will be some provided for you at the door.
3. The shop is currently divided into three sections. Only one customer is allowed in each section at any point in time. If there is another customer in the section in front of you, please wait until they have moved on.
4. Please only touch items in order to put them into your basket. Items that require more handling (fridge items, vegetables, bread) will be available from the shop attendant behind the counter.
5. Please come with a shopping list or a clear idea of what you are looking for to minimise time spent in the shop.
The Storehouse Team
About The Storehouse
Penicuik Storehouse is a community project and social enterprise especially relevant for Penicuik to help bring local food business back to the High Street and to be a hub for people to meet, learn and support each other.
The September 2019 stock take listed 1500 lines in our shop. Our product range spans fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat, bread, personal care and household cleaning. If you have not yet been in, please come in and look around and talk to our volunteers. Every week we have new customers come in who say they are amazed at what we have in stock. We also have items for different dietary needs.
Shareholders / members AGM on 27th February 2020, Townhall
The Annual General Meeting for shareholder members is being held on Thursday 27th February. You should have already received your invitation. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Zero Waste Section
This is an exciting new area of our shop , which we began a few weeks ago. Pupils from Beeslack High School helped set up the initial shelving for our bulk cleaning liquid dispensers. We have had a lot of interest and support for this section so that customers can do more to reduce waste at home, reducing plastic packaging and saving money at the same time.
The Penicuik Community Climate Change Challenge – Positive low carbon living now
We are waiting to hear if we have been awarded a grant from the Climate Challenge Fund to allow us to deliver a two year project. We should know in March and will keep you posted. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for updates, of if you might want to get involved.
More about the Storehouse
Penicuik Storehouse is owned by over 700 shareholders (and increasing) and run on behalf of the community by a community benefit society – the Penicuik Community Alliance. We have been leasing the old Scotmid store at 22 The High Street since last 2017 and thanks to The Scottish Land Fund and our shareholders we, the community, now all own it.
There is a shop open seven days a week in the front of the ground floor and several local businesses have a stall in there one day a week.
We will have an expanded shop soon with a greater range of products and more stalls from local producers.
There will also be a community cafe with a training kitchen which will enable vulnerable people within our community to gain experience and skills in cooking and customer service. A seating area will be a great place to meet and have a chat with friends while enjoying simple fare from the kitchen, a good cup of coffee and freshly baked bread and cakes.
Most of all we hope to bring the heart back into Penicuik town centre through good food, a place to meet and community events.
With the award from the Scottish Land Fund we have just about finished renovations to the ground floor and are seeking a Completion Certificate to confirm a major milestone of the Storehouse community hub.