Eriskay Community Co-op (Co-Chomunn Eirisgeidh)

Welcome to Eriskay Community Co-op – a well-stocked shop and post office, owned and run by the local community.

In the shop you will find a wide range of goods including, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh bread and dairy, groceries, Fairtrade goods, wines and beers, household goods, souvenirs and gifts. We also sell locally knitted, 'Eriskay Jerseys', one of the rarest pieces of craft work in Scotland.

We can accept all major credit and debit cards.

Contact details

Co-Chomunn Eirisgeidh
Community Hall
Eriskay
South Uist
Western Isles
HS8 5JJ

telephone: 01878 720 236
fax: 01878 720 730
email: [email protected]

Opening hours

Eriskay Community Co-op – Opening hours
  Shop Post office
Monday 9am – 6pm 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 6pm 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 6pm 9am – 12pm
Thursday 9am – 6pm 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 6pm 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm closed
Sunday closed closed

About our shop

Eriskay is a small island situated between Barra and South Uist. It is approximately 3 miles long and 2 miles wide with a population of 140. In 2001 Eriskay was connected to South Uist by a causeway.

In 1979 the only shop and post office on the island was threatened with closure – the shop owner retired and there was no-one to take his place. In response, the local community decided to start a co-operative and raised finance by buying £50 shares in the business. £7,500 was raised and this was matched by Highlands & Islands Development Board (now Highlands & Islands Enterprise). HIDB also provided grant funding to help with management and staff costs over the set up period. This enabled the community to build a new shop and start trading.

As a co-operative, Eriskay shop could apply to become a corporate member of the Co-operative Group which allowed it to order goods directly through the Group. This has enabled the shop to provide a regular supply of good quality goods, particularly fresh fruit and vegetables and has made a real difference to the quality of produce and the shop's viability.

The shop fulfils a vital role on the island enabling people to meet as well as allowing them to carry out almost all of their weekly shopping locally. Additional services provided include provision of milk to the school and a bus service to the shop, twice a week, for people that have difficulty getting to it.

All profits are re-invested in the business and together with a good level of local commitment and support, have helped the shop continually improve and expand over the years. As a result it has become a very successful business, employing five people – making it the island's largest employer and a fundamental part of the local economy.

Stock and services

We try to cater for all our customers needs in what we 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 other 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
  • Coal, logs and kindling
  • Maps, books and stationary
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Post cards, greetings cards and wrapping paper
  • Cameras, films and batteries
  • Toys, gifts and souvenirs
  • CDs
  • Stationary

Services

  • Mobile phone top-up
  • Cash-back facility
  • Community notice board
  • Tourist information

Post Office

  • Banking services including cash withdrawals
  • Pay your bills
  • Holiday currency and insurance

How to become a member

If you would like to become a member of Eriskay Community Co-op please contact the shop manager.

Where to find us

Eriskay Community Co-op is at the north-west corner of Eriskay, opposite the school. If travelling across the causeway from South Uist, turn right at the end of the causeway, then take the first left.


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