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Co-operative run food store in Diss celebrates one year




Monique Gregson, Suzanne Breeze, Rebecca Everall and Faye Jackson. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography
Monique Gregson, Suzanne Breeze, Rebecca Everall and Faye Jackson. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography

A long-running independent shop is celebrating a year as a co-operative.

The Natural Foodstore, in Norfolk House Yard, Diss, became a co-operative following the retirement of its previous owner, Marian Meiracker, last year.

A successful kickstarter campaign followed to keep the shop alive, backed by regular customers.

The store was originally founded as a market stall in the 1970s before setting up shop in the ‘80s.

It now sells a range of vegetarian and vegan-friendly whole foods, with an array of organic, local, Fairtrade and allergy-concious health foods and remedies.

The co-operative, which is not-for-profit, has five members, Suzanne Breeze, Rebecca Everall, Faye Jackson, Monique Gregson and Janine Ledesma.

They say their band of regular customers and, more recently, a rise in the number young people becoming more health and ecologically aware, has meant a successful first year in the Heritage Triangle.

“We also see many visitors who come to visit the triangle itself, which they all say is beautiful,” said Suzanne this week.



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