Published: 1st Aug 2012

Corner shops are often the lynchpin and focal point of communities. As a local resource, however, they are under-valued and many are closing their doors as competition bites. Can they be revived through their civic role? Clare Goff investigates A sign in the window of Key News in Sheffield calls on customers to help shape the store’s stock. Key News on Sheffield’s Derbyshire Lane is your average ‘humble’ corner shop. Situated on a residential road, it sells newspapers, tobacco, sweets and a selection of groceries. Like your average corner shop, it has, in recent times, been struggling. The rise of smaller local versions of the ‘big four’ supermarkets, the decline in newspaper readership and the economic downturn have hit the local general store hard. However, the owner of Key News, Paul Keys, hasn’t closed his doors and in the last two years has trebled his takings. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)