Nisa has announced the arrival of its two latest store members – a community-owned shop and a former Costcutter retailer.

Blockley Village Shop, in Gloucestershire, was established in May 2008 by villagers who formed the Blockley Co-operative Association because the previous shop and post office was closing.

Tim Boddington, from the store, said: “We are delighted to be Nisa members because we follow the same ethos with a very similar ownership, with our store owned by the community and Nisa owned by members.”

The other new member, Kuldip Sandhar and his wife, Ajeet, who operate in Newport, Shropshire, joined after they were forced to visit a cash & carry just “to make up for the lack of stock during poor service levels” with Costcutter.

“I gave them a few weeks to sort things out, I spoke to the area manager so many times and even complained – something I never do,” Sandhar said. ”So we joined Nisa and we will shortly have a modern, fully refurbished Nisa Local store.”

He said that when he joined Nisa he ordered 360 cases and 358 were delivered. “With Costcutter, I could have had as many as half missing.”