In 2010, Bigton found itself in danger of losing its village shop, the whole community came together to support lengthy negotiations to buy it. The Bigton Community Shop opened its doors on 15th April 2012. Today, it is staffed principally by volunteers, the ethos being to involve everyone, connecting with a wide age range within the community.
The shop is home to the local post office, which offers a full range of services. Grocery items include fresh local fish and meat, fruit and vegetables, sourced locally whenever possible, Shetland Farm Dairies products and a selection of baked goods from a variety of the local bakeries. There are local Ness tatties, fresh local eggs and Kirkhoull Strawberries when in season, a wide selection of goods from Scoop Wholefoods and you can even buy your daily papers, a postcard or two, picnic goods for the nearby beaches, or gifts and souvenirs made by local craftspeople. It is a fully licensed, stocking a wide range including Lerwick Brewery beers and Shetland Reel gin.
The shop has wheelchair access, is dementia and autism friendly and conveniently situated across the road from public toilets, a five minute walk from local beauty spot - St. Ninian’s Isle.
Bigton Shop is committed to promoting healthy eating and the shop participates in Healthy Start, the UK Government health scheme that supports pregnant women, new mums and young children in low income families to eat healthily and develop good habits for the future. It is also a collection point for the Shetland Food bank. Free wifi available.