Community shops are owned and run democratically by members of their community.
Community shops become the hub of their community by virtue of their long hours, their usually central location, the fact that they are open to all the community and are able to host a wide range of services in addition to the sale of food and drink.
Around the country, villages have put their community shops to imaginative use, taking the opportunity of their community space to offer as many services as possible.
There are many models for managing a community shop; the majority are managed and run directly by the community, mostly by a combination of paid staff and volunteers, and some by all volunteers or all paid staff only.
Each community will find a solution which works best for them, but the model promoted by the Plunkett Foundation is to employ a shop manager and a team of volunteers.