Uig Community Co-operative Limited
Welcome to Uig Community Shop – a well-stocked licensed shop and post office, owned and run by the local community since 2004.
We are situated some 40 miles from Stornoway, on the far west coast of Lewis. In our shop you will find an extensive range of goods including – fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh bread and dairy products, fresh meat, groceries, Fairtrade goods, wholefoods, an excellent range of frozen foods, ice creams, wines and beers, household goods, souvenirs, fishing tackle, gifts and seasonally local produce. During the summer months local mussels, hand-dived scallops and lobster are available to order.
We also have petrol/diesel pumps available during shop hours Monday to Saturday and an out-of-hours fuel facility available from Monday nights through Friday nights. Payment is by either debit or credit card. No fuel is available on Sundays.
As part of our £560,000 expansion project we have recently installed a commercial washer and dryer in our laundrette room – the washer and dryer take up to 18kg dry weight (equal to approx 4 loads in a domestic washer!) and are available during shop hours. Also within the shop there is a seated refreshment area beside our quality vending machine and microwave, this area also displays local art and crafts and has a book exchange for your holiday read. There will also be a community room with video conferencing facilities and our shop building is wireless internet enabled.
We have a toilet and baby changing facilities and our shop complies with disabled access regulations.
All major credit and debit cards are taken (except American Express) and there is an ATM free at point of use available during shop hours.
Uig Community Co-operative Limited
Isle of Lewis
telephone: 01851 672 444 or 01851 672 777
fax: 01851 672 444
About our shop
Uig, famous for the discovery of the 12th Century carved Lewis (UIG) Chessmen, is one of the UK's most remote communities, lying some 40 miles from Stornoway on the far west coast of Lewis.
In 2003 our only shop, which also housed the Post Office and petrol station, was put up for sale. Concerned that these lifeline services would be lost, the Uig Development Trust was formed to look at the feasibility of community ownership. Through a combination of shares and grants the Trust bought the business and over the next 3 years carried out a range of improvements to the premises – including resurfacing the car park, installing a new fuel pump and a disabled access ramp.
The Uig Community Co-operative was established to run the business in 2004, and by 2009 we had more than doubled our turnover, diversified to offer a range of services and are one of the largest employers in the area with 2 full-time and 6 part-time staff.
As a co-operative we have a voluntary management committee that oversees the running of the business and have become a corporate member of the Co-operative Group which allows us to order goods directly through the Group's supply chain. Being so remote, it would be impossible to get a regular supply of good quality goods at a reasonable cost without this support from the Co-op.
The latest development for our community business has been a large extension and the installation of a number of new services. With the help of over £500,000 in grant funding we have been able to double the size of the shop, and add a laundrette, community services access point with video-conference facilities, a seating area with microwave, coffee facilities and displays of local arts and crafts, new delivery and storage space and cold room, public toilet and staff office. Two wind turbines have also been installed to power the shop premises.
The extension has enabled us to provide a much nicer and better equipped shop as well as increasing the range we can sell and enabling us to become more efficient in stock control and financial monitoring. Having the extra space means we can offer a service to local businesses – we can now make up orders for restaurants, guest houses and holiday lodges.
Stock and services
We try to cater for all our customers needs with the varied stock and the services we offer.
As a community co-op we have a close link with the Co-operative Group which means you will see many Co-operative Group products and promotions in our store as well as a range of locally sourced goods:
- Fruit and vegetables
- Chilled and frozen goods
- Fresh bread, pies and bakery
- Groceries, soft drinks, sweets and snacks
- Baby food, nappies etc
- Wine, beer, spirits and cigarettes
- Household and hardware
- Pet food and accessories
- Calor Gas, Coal, logs and kindling
- Maps and books
- Post cards, greetings cards and wrapping paper
- Cameras, films and batteries
- Toys, gifts and souvenirs
Crafts, soft fruit and organic vegetables when in season, oatcakes, locally-made sandwiches.
Coffee, chocolate, sugar.
- Mobile phone top-up
- Cash point (free at point of use)
- Home delivery
- Community notice board
- Petrol and Diesel
- Tea/Coffee machine, microwave
All services EXCEPT Passport and Car Tax.
Ordering and delivery
If you are visiting the area we can make up an order for you for collection from the shop or delivery to your holiday accommodation.
To place an order please telephone (01851 672 444) or send an email giving your name, home address and telephone number, the name and address of the house you will be staying at, the date and time you would like the delivery and what you would like your order to include – please allow a minimum of 1 weeks notice when placing an order.
How to become a shareholder
Shares are available at £25 each and can be obtained by phoning the shop. A share request form will be forwarded to you.
Where to find us
Uig is 40 miles from Stornoway on the far west coast of Lewis.