Community-run shop/post office?

As you may know, the shop/post office (Teesdale Supplies Stores) is up for sale. There has been little interest in buying the business, and there is a risk that the premises could be converted to just accommodation, thus losing the one and only shop in the village.

Many local people value the shop as a meeting place, communication centre and an important lynchpin of village life. Much of the appeal of Cotherstone rests on its sense of community and this is the reason many people have moved here and remain here. The presence of a shop enhances that community spirit.

A suggestion has been made that the shop/post office could be operated by the community, for the community. This kind of venture has been successfully achieved in other villages. There are currently over 300 community owned shops in the UK. Will Cotherstone be the next one?