Village shop joy
PUBLISHED: 11:30 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010
SHOPS, it seems, are like buses. You wait ages for one, then two come along together. Colaton Raleigh has followed in the footsteps of East Budleigh and is preparing to open up a village shop. The small village has been without a shop for several years an
SHOPS, it seems, are like buses. You wait ages for one, then two come along together.Colaton Raleigh has followed in the footsteps of East Budleigh and is preparing to open up a village shop.The small village has been without a shop for several years and from the start of November the community will be able to buy its groceries locally without having to travel.The new venture is the idea of Shop on Wheels owners Jerry and Alison Woods, of Newton Poppleford, who over the last few years have come to the rescue of several East Devon villages whose shops have closed.The husband and wife team have taken over the former Raleigh Motors service station, on the main road to Sidmouth, and are in the process of fitting out the new shop.Mr and Mrs Woods say the shop will run in conjunction with the popular Shop on Wheels.The pair are keen to quash rumours the mobile service is to cease trading once the new permanent shop opens its doors.The mobile shop will continue to operate in East Budleigh, Colaton Raleigh, Otterton, parts of Newton Poppleford and Aylesbeare. Alison Woods will continue to operate the Shop on Wheels and husband Jerry will run the Colaton Raleigh shop.Mrs Woods said: "We tried to get the shop a few years ago but they were always doing something to the site, but now we have finally got the property."We will be selling day-to-day groceries and, when I get my licence, alcohol."People have been really supportive. I think there's a real need for it.Colaton Raleigh parish council chairman Christopher Pound said: "The council is absolutely delighted there's to be a new shop in Colaton Raleigh. It will be a fantastic asset for the village and we wish them all the best.