The village shop is a cornerstone of rural communities – but they are closing at the rate of 400 a year. Thankfully, the co-op movement is filling the gap, in the form of the village-owned store. There are now more than 300 in operation, compared to 27 just 20 years ago – but how do these small community co-ops engage such a small membership?
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