CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
***new updates from 29/3/2020888***
LATEST UPDATE ON OUR SERVICES
(please bear with us)
 
Dear customers old and new,
We have been overwhelmed by your support and encouragement over the last few days. We have also been overwhelmed by the response to our veg box scheme and our online/phone ordering offer.
As a community project, it’s in our DNA to want to do everything possible in any conceivable way to serve the people of Penicuik. However, in these unprecedented times it’s important for all of us to take a moment to reflect and carefully think about what we can do better, how we can be safer.
In our ongoing efforts to make the Storehouse operations as safe as possible for everyone, we are making further changes to how customers can order supplies. In the meantime, we will have to keep the shop closed. Please bear with us while we work out the details of our new system. Updates will be posted on our website, our FB page, and via notices in the shop window. So keep watching this space 🙂 .
Orders received by email and phone by 1pm today (Sunday) will be processed, and we will be in touch via phone or email to arrange the next steps.
If you have gotten in touch to help with volunteering but have not heard back: please know that we are grateful, and will be in touch once we have fully pinned down our new process and know where we can place volunteers safely.
There are many questions at this uncertain time about how the Penicuik storehouse should and can operate. Our number one priority is the safety of our community. We are asking for your patience while we spend the time necessary to consider this subject from all angles and design a solution that allows us to continue to serve the people of Penicuik and support local suppliers, but above all, makes sure we are doing absolutely everything we can to prevent the spread of covid-19.
Thank you for your understanding, your support, and your patience,
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 secretary@penicuikstorehouse.org 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 julian@penicuikstorehouse.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.

See our current Business Plan