STUDENTS at Sheffield University’s Endcliffe Village now have their own village store, selling the cream of local produce – and members of the community are being encouraged to make use of the new facility too.
Until now, students have had to walk down to Ecclesall Road or up to Broomhill to stock up on food and supplies.
But now an old stable block in Endcliffe Vale Road – once occupied by police horses – has been converted into a shop, stocking everything from milk and fresh veg to beer, ice cream and household goods.
In charge of the new Village Store is manager Rachel Fletcher. A Sheffielder by birth, she moved south after university, going on to become an area manager with Threshers and then to run a farm shop in Brighton.
But she returned home when she saw the Endcliffe job advertised and has spent the last few weeks stocking up on local produce ready for opening day on Friday.
“It’s the idea of setting up a new business that appealed to me,” she says. “We want to introduce students to some of Sheffield’s produce and make them realise the don’t need to go to the shops with such good stock right on their doorstep.”
Stock includes Our Cow Molly milk and ice cream, Yorkshire crisps, Thornbridge ales and, of course, Henderson’s Relish. Locally-sourced bread, meat, fruit and veg will also be available.
“Having local produce means we can’t compete with Tesco or Sainsbury’s but we’re price-checking against Spar to make sure we’re competitive,” says Rachel.
The Village Store is open 8am-10pm Mon-Fri, from 9am Sat and 11am-8pm on Sundays.