A STONEHAVEN based zero waste and refill store is celebrating consistent growth by
opening a second shop.
Replenish, which opened for business in Stonehaven in November 2020, opened its
second store in Chapelton, Aberdeenshire.
Situated in Chapelton’s unique box park shopping centre, a collection of shipping
containers adapted into business units, Replenish at Chapelton opened for business on 20 July 2022.
Specialising in fruit and veg, locally produce, and refills, Replenish at Chapelton
encourages customers to join the refill revolution and ‘BYOC – bring your own containers’ to stock up with household essentials including flour, cereals, herbs & spices and pasta plus laundry detergent and conditioner.
Like the flagship store in Stonehaven, Replenish at Chapelton will stock a selection of
locally produced food celebrating the best the North-east and Scotland has to offer –
including dairy produce, bread, soft drinks, cured meats, gluten free and vegan friendly products.
Owner, Donna Maver’s passion for local produce, supporting the local economy and
considering smarter shopping as a way of reducing food miles and wastage is the driving force behind Replenish and its expansion.
Donna said: “I opened Replenish in November 2020 during the pandemic and, while I was confident the concept of a refill store would be well received, it was still daunting.
“Our customers quickly embraced our call to join the refill revolution and bring their own containers to refill with various dried goods, cleaning products and toiletries.
“The demand for locally sourced fruit and veg surpassed my expectations, within a few months of opening we launched our weekly veg box delivery service which was
earlier than I had planned. Demand has steadily grown, so much so I applied for funding to purchase an electric van for our expanding delivery round.”
She added: “Opening another shop was part of the plan and I had my sights set on
Chapelton. Chapelton’s focus on community and sustainability perfectly aligns with my values. It is a bustling wee town with lots of events designed to build community spirit and attract visitors.
“Local shops are at the heart of communities. Customers want to shop local to support local producers . They also want to make better shopping choices which will benefit the environment and their health while also saving money and reducing waste.
“With the current cost of living crisis, being able to buy only what you need is a money saver. The majority of our fruit and veg is loose so rather than having to buy a pre-packed kilo of carrots, customers can buy just one or two saving money and plastic packing going to landfill.
“Plus, how many times have you found a new recipe that calls for a teaspoon each of several spices and those wee jars have sat languishing at the back of your cupboard for years? At Replenish, if you only need a couple of teaspoons of a few spices you can buy just that. Just bring your own container.”