Over 250 people have already expressed interest in the forthcoming community share offer for Newport Pembrokeshire’s much-loved wholefoods shop which will be launched at Newport Memorial Hall on Thursday.

The launch on Thursday, July 11, 6-8pm (which can also be attended via Zoom) will be a great opportunity to hear about the exciting plans the Project Wholefoods team has for the shop, and to learn more about investing.

The business plan and share offer document in English and Welsh will be available online at www.projectwholefoods.cymru shortly before the launch. The share offer itself will go live at the launch, and it will be possible to invest from £100.

Hugh Simpson-Wells, one of the Directors of Project Wholefoods, said: “After a lot of hard work by our team of volunteers over the last six months, we are delighted that our community share offer for Wholefoods of Newport will go live… It is very clear that there is a great deal of enthusiasm for safeguarding the shop’s future under community ownership, and we are very encouraged that so many residents and visitors have already indicated interest in investing.”

“Following the successful community purchase of Havards in Newport, which became the UK’s first community-owned hardware shop in 2022, it has been fantastic to see momentum building so quickly in support of a community purchase of Wholefoods of Newport,” added Cris Tomos of PLANED, the charity supporting community share offers in West Wales.

“I have enjoyed working with the Project Wholefoods team on progressing the share offer, and I am looking forward very much to the launch on July 11.”

Refreshments – kindly provided by Suma Wholefoods, a long-standing and valued supplier to Wholefoods of Newport – will be available at the launch. If you are unable to attend in person, or have any questions, please contact [email protected] for a Zoom link.