Scotland’s first social enterprise supermarket.
Since May 2018, the first social enterprise supermarket in Scotland has provided an alternative to shoppers who are put off by bloated chains that offer up plastic-hugging, poorly sourced and often poor quality groceries.
It’s the next stage of owner Reuben Chesters’ organic trajectory that began with community gardening projects in the south side of Glasgow. Thomas Barrett reports.
‘Spending in a conventional supermarket is like a sieve, you put your money in there and it all disappears,’ says Reuben.
‘It’s never coming back again to the area.’
Locavore opened in 2011 as a small shop with a tiny selection of fresh and organic products. Their manifesto was simple, to create a more localised food chain that treats the environment and society more fairly. To complement the shop they’d organise cookery workshops and community gardening to provide more than just calories to their customers.