Village shops are often the heart of the local community providing a means of obtaining provisions and an important opportunity for social contact. Thulrton village shop is the only convenience store within 3-miles. Consequently many residents, particularly the elderly and those without their own transport, rely on the shop for daily essentials. Community shops play an important role in reducing social isolation by providing a place for people to meet and chat. As such the shop provides a way for the community to keep an eye out for vulnerable residents. The shop can also provide bespoke services to meet the specific needs of the community. Property prices are also affected by the presence of a local shop with those villages that have the benefit of a shop commanding a premium to those in more poorly served spots. Furthermore, by minimising the number of journeys or distances that people drive for provisions, a local shop can reduce our environmental footprint.