Artisan products and a personal touch are helping small shops fight back as big supermarket chains attempt to take over UK high streets

A basket of greengages, pots of local honey and stacked boxes of granola sit next to Cretan sun-dried tomatoes and something rather less delicious-looking – packets of dried crickets and mealworms. It’s too much for two young students surveying the display for an affordable and tasty lunch at the Eat 17 Spar in Hackney, east London.

Many people would be equally surprised to find such a range in a corner shop, but it could be a taste of things to come. Local entrepreneurs are stepping up their fight against the encroachment of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and M&S into a market once dominated by independents, and creativity is one of their best weapons.

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Source: The Guardian Circular Economy RSS