A COMMUNITY left without a village shop has raised almost £20,000 towards the cost of setting up a new one.
People in Grampound set about raising money when the Hollies store shut last year.
A community share offer has raised almost £20,000 to date and a new shop is now on the cards.
The steering group will now try to secure grant funding to add to the share capital in order to provide a new shop, which would be next to the village hall.
Parish councillor Peter Wootton, a member of the village shop steering group, said: "Fundraising has greatly exceeded our expectations over the past three months and we've raised nearly £20,000 from more than 220 members of our small community. This shows strong support and it's really encouraging for the future success of the store."
Margie Lundie, another steering group member, said: "The Hollies store closed in Grampound last year and although the village has a recently refurbished specialist store, the Cornish Smokehouse, it's clear that the community wholeheartedly supports the facility of a general store and coffee shop."
Members of the steering group were joined by Stephen Gilbert MP who congratulated them on their efforts to date and wished them well with the project.