Barnstaple fair trade shop to close

Fair's Fair owners Helen and Roger Durrant are pictured outside the Bear Street ethical trading shop.
Fair's Fair owners Helen and Roger Durrant are pictured outside the Bear Street ethical trading shop.

A Barnstaple fair trade shop will be closing its doors for good next week.

Fair’s Fair in Bear Street will cease trading on Thursday, May 31, with owners Helen and Roger Durrant deciding to call it a day.

The shop, which opened in 2004, has stocked fair trade products and produce. Staffed by volunteers, profits from the shop have been given to projects which encourage sustainable growth in developing countries.

“It’s the right time to go - I don’t think retail is getting any better and we are not getting any younger,” said Helen.

“We’re in our 70s now and I think for economic reasons people aren’t coming in, which makes it not viable when it comes to having staff here.

“We’ve done it for 14 years and we are looking forward to a bit of free time – but we have loved it.

“We like to think it’s been more than just a shop for people - it’s been somewhere people can have a cup of coffee, and we’ve held events and had speakers and visitors from the developing world from projects we’ve supported.”

Helen estimated more than 50 volunteers had helped out at Fair’s Fair since it opened in 2004.

The shop was named the best Fairtrade retailer in the South West in 2016 at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards.


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