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New community shop launched by Linthouse Housing Association

25 Jun 2024

LHA Community Shop Grand Opening 7

A MAJOR low-cost shopping boost has been delivered for families with the opening of our community shop.

The fantastic new development has come about in association with Good Food Scotland which is part of the Feeding Britain network.

The trail-blazing development aims to offer affordable items exclusively for residents in the G51 postcode area which covers Govan.

For membership costing just £1 a month, shoppers can access a wide range of food and household products at lower prices than can be found in supermarkets.

It has a prime location at 1121 Govan Road in premises owned by us here at Linthouse Housing Association. Prior to it becoming a shop it was a café.

The creation of the shop is a “game changer” in combating hunger locally and was yet another way the housing provider was working with partners to tackle the crippling cost of living crisis.

Our Chief Executive Irene C McFarlane said: “This is a hugely-important development in delivering food dignity for the community we serve. The community shop is in a prime location which is easily accessible for local people.

“We readily acknowledge the partnership we have forged with Good Food Scotland and Feeding Britain to make this community shop a reality and to deliver low-cost shopping for as many people as possible.”

Linthouse also acknowledges vital financial support and staff time provided by BAe Systems through its “community investment” work.

Initially the shop will be open each Thursday from 10 to 1 but it’s hoped to extend these hours in due course if, as expected, the shop proves highly popular.

Items which can be purchased include household goods, fresh meat and dairy, frozen produce, pet food, hygiene items, sweet treats, baby essentials, laundry products and much more.

Good Food Scotland has a deeply impressive track record in helping communities access low cost food with its stated mission “to end hunger in Scotland.”

Its Chair Chris Stephens said: “"The opening of the Linthouse community shop marks a significant milestone in our continued mission to eradicate food poverty in Glasgow South West and beyond. This trailblazing initiative by Linthouse Housing Association, in partnership with Good Food Scotland and Feeding Britain, provides a vital lifeline for families struggling with the extreme cost of living crisis. With affordable access to a wide range of essential items, this shop will undoubtedly serve as a cornerstone of support for our community.

“As the Chair of Good Food Scotland and the Member of Parliament for Glasgow South West, I have witnessed first hand the devastating impact of food insecurity on our residents. This community shop represents not just a place to buy food but a beacon of hope and dignity for all who use it. I commend Linthouse Housing Association for its dedication and vision. I am grateful for the continued support from partners like BAE Systems, whose contributions have made this project a reality.