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.
Penicuik Storehouse is owned by the shareholders 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 currently a pop-up 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. The popular community meals are run on Tuesdays in St James the Less Church Hall (top of Broomhill Road, just 5 mins walk from Penicuik High Street).
With the award from the Scottish Land Fund we have resumed renovations to the ground floor and are applying for Big Lottery funding to get the whole floor operating as a community hub in 2020. We will have an expanded shop with a greater range of products and more stalls from local producers. When Lottery funding is secured there will also be 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. We aim to eventually include a Changing Places Toilet in our facilities.
Most of all we hope to bring the heart back into Penicuik town centre through good food, a place to meet and community events.