Houghton and Wyton Community Shop is set in the heart of our village and has a history going back nearly 200 years.
Since 2017, when the previous owners retired, the shop has been owned by the community, with over 300 villagers contributing towards maintaining this vital village asset by buying shares.
Overall responsibility for the running of the shop is held by the Management Committee, elected by the shareholders. The shop employs a manager and a team of full-time and part-time staff, who are assisted in many different roles by a large group of volunteers.
The Committee is also responsible for the Post Office, another vital village asset which is run by a full-time employee with part time assistance.
The shop aims to be a place where people come to buy a wide range of products (we have approximately 3,500 lines in stock) and to catch up on village life. We also aim to run the shop in a sustainable way, actively aware of our responsibilities to the environment and generating a modest profit, donating some of that profit to community benefit causes.
As well as serving the needs of villagers, we are a major asset to tourism in the village. Houghton and Wyton attracts many thousands of visitors throughout the year, both day trippers and those staying at the National Trust campsite.
We currently welcome an average of 300-400 customers per day, with considerably more in holiday periods and on warm days in the summer.
Whatever time of year and whatever time of day (we are open twelve hours per day Monday to Saturday and eight on Sundays), you can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome at Our Shop.
Come and see us!