Muirhouse Community shop

Muirhouse community shop has been open in Pennywell Shopping centre since 29th April 2013, depending 100% on volunteers the shop has went from strength to strength. Below is a little more about it.



After the sudden closure of Co-op in December 2012, resident and now TRIM chairman Robert Pearson wanted to have some sort of community shop as residents were feeling the loss in many ways.


Unfortunately other shops within the centre exploited the fact the co-op had closed, residents reported paying shocking prices for what we see as essentials.


Supermarket Co-op was the hub of the centre, many residents would pop in for a pint of milk and then spend the next half hour talking to someone they had bumped in to. Well now that has gone!


After discussing the idea with Link Up Worker Julie Crawford, both Julie and Robert visited a community shop in Broomhouse. Robert, was excited to say the least with what he saw, but knew it would be very challenging for Muirhouse to have a community shop.

Discussions then started between Julie Crawford ( Link Up, John MacDonald ( Edinburgh City Council), Cllr Cammy Day and Henry Cole ( Edinburgh City Council), whilst the discussions were going on, Robert, Julie and other residents cleaned and tidied out the shop, Link Up arrange for a counter to be built, new door to be fitted and before long it was beginning to look like a real shop again.

Work in progress

Work in progress


On Monday the 29th Day of April 2013 at 9am your community shop opened for the very first time with permission to sell only 6 items . But that did not stop you popping in and having a chat, buying fruit and asking questions, within weeks we gradually increased our range.


Today we sell over 70 different items and have on average 40 separate customers each day.

We welcome different companies / Organisations  in to the shop to give out advice:

Change Works

Total Craigroyston

Link Up

Edinburgh City Council

Police Scotland

Oaklands School

North Edinburgh Time Bank

Centipede Project


We will do all we can to ensure that the residents of Muirhouse have a shop which they can purchase essential fruit and vegetables at low prices, in addition to this the shop will be used as an information hub.

We will also continue to welcome groups, companies and organisations in to the shop space:

So far we know:

Connecting Communities – Places for people

Don Bosco

University Students



100% Dependent on Volunteers

Manager – Robert Pearson

Volunteer Manager – Karma Lennon

Volunteers – Karen, Pamela, Sean , Belinda, Chelsea , Sandra, David,  and Josh

Admin worked carried out by – TRIM Board

An average of 100 hours are volunteered each week.


Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers your community shop will be open on the following days:

Monday 9.30 – 2.30pm

Tuesday 9.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 9.30 – 2.30pm

Thursday 9.30 – 2.30pm

Friday 9.30 – 2.30pm


Early Days



Today's Shop

Today’s Shop

Contacting, commenting, complaints and suggesting

Your community shop always welcomes feedback from anyone who used it. If you wish to provide: Feedback on your experience Comment on something within the shop Complain about any aspect of the shop Suggest a idea Then please contact us using the form below: [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ …

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