A SHOP OWNER who runs Britain’s ‘cheapest corner shop’ sells your favorite snacks 30% CHEAPER than supermarkets.
Ben Whitehouse, 38, opened a discount store Bargains Galore seven years ago.
He spends 50-60 hours a WEEK researching the best discount deals from wholesalers to keep his shop stocked with the cheapest goods in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
These include a 95p punnet of eggs – compared to £1.35 at Morrisons – and a 95p loaf of Warburton bread which costs £1.05 in shops.
He now has a loyal band of regulars who hail his store as “the cheapest in the world” – let alone Britain.
Ben – a former postman who dreamed of owning his own shop – told The Sun: “It’s hard work – 50-60 hours a week, shopping around for the best prices.
“At the end of the week, I’m exhausted and ready to rest.
“We earn enough to pay the bills and have some pocket money.
“It has become much more difficult in the last six months because prices are going up everywhere.
“It’s just about finding the best prices for customers to keep them coming back.
“I often go to price comparison sites to see what supermarkets charge and try to keep the same things like bread and milk.
“There is not so much margin on bread and milk but it increases attendance.
“We get what we can – end-of-line stuff, short-term stuff.
“On these Walkers crisps I paid 10p per bag so I’m making a good profit and the customer is making a good deal at the same time.
“Greeting cards are my biggest business. That’s where my profit is. I keep them cheap and return tons.”
Buyers in the village of Eckington praise Ben for his exceptional offers.
Its £1 specials include four packs of Walkers crisps, three boxes of chocolate fingers and handmade greeting cards.
But it doesn’t just sell Britain’s favorite snacks.
We found it also beat nearby Morrisons on price for a range of food staples including eggs (95p vs £1.05), Warburton bread (99p vs £1.25) and four pints of milk (£1.35 vs. £1.45)
Meanwhile, two kilos of red potatoes cost £1 at Bargains Galore – compared to £1.59 at Morrisons.
And it has matched or bettered its rivals for healthier options.
Grapes cost £1.70 a punnet, raspberries £1.50 and eight satsumas for a pound.
Electrician Michael Marshall, 40, said: “I come in every day whether it’s to chat or to buy something.
“To me it’s probably the cheapest corner shop in the world, let alone Britain.
“They have always been very good to me. If I don’t have money one day, they give me food and I pay them back the next day.
“You can’t find many places that will do that for you.”
Marilyn Slack, 67, had come with her husband Maurice, for a lottery ticket and left with a bag full of bargains.
She said: “We have four packs of Walkers crisps for a pound. At Morrisons it would be £1.95 for six, plus cakes and biscuits.
“I come a few times a week. I buy bread and milk and bags for my wheelie bin and they have greeting cards for £1 which are very reasonably priced.
“There’s a bit of everything. You can take your fruits and vegetables and the staff are really friendly.”
Asked if it really could be Britain’s cheapest corner shop, John Donnelly, 78, a retired engineer, said: “I can believe it yes. We do all of our purchases here.
“We use supermarkets of course but we know the price of things and if it’s cheaper here, we’ll come here.
“Biscuits to start – much cheaper here and we buy a lot of bird food – fat balls and mealy worms. It’s cheaper here a mile country. I don’t know where Ben goes but he does very good work.”
Meanwhile Christina Chaburin, 78, added: “I live across the road and I look out the window and I see Ben all the time being friendly and kind to people. We call him Uncle Ben.
“‘In the winter he will see an elderly person and bring him a cup of coffee and talk to him and I have never heard him convey malicious gossip of any kind.
I come every day, either to chat or to buy something. To me this is probably the cheapest corner shop in the world, let alone Britain.
Buyer Michael Marshall
“He will let people use his toilet. He is a credit to this country and he is appreciated.
“Today I bought a plant for 50 pence. I don’t know what it is, but I know you can’t buy a plant anywhere else for 50 pence. »
Another huge fan is Janet Cresswell, 80.
She volunteers to help Ben with his trips to buy goods to stock the shelves.
Dragging a tray of breads, she said: “Everything has gone up and up, but it’s going around to keep prices down.
“I have been helping him for seven years.
“Helping keeps me going. I can’t sit still. It would drive me up the wall if I stayed inside all day.
“You have to support your local businesses.”
Ben said he realized what a lifeline he was to the village during the pandemic.
He said: “Throughout we offered deliveries and we kept a lot of that custom.
“I love my clients. Sometimes I feel like an advisor and people rely on me.
“Even on Christmas Day I got messages saying they needed milk and I would come and open up.
“But it’s gotten really tough in the last six months. People are watching their money and with rising petrol prices, I’m afraid the winter is going to be dreadful.”
Meanwhile, shoppers have been getting a bargain at ‘Russian Lidl’ Mere, which opened its first store in Preston last summer.
Customers are promised prices up to 30% cheaper than its competitors.
And a father-of-one has claimed he has the cheapest supermarket in the UK – and sells everything from cleaning products to toilet paper for up to a third cheaper than rivals.
Trucker Richard Williams, from Redditch in Worcestershire, stocked the shelves of Overstockers with essentials to boost the budget.
In West Yorkshire, Steve Nelson runs a boutique which sells all his wares for just 20 pence – including £120 worth of jewellery.
Everything YOU can get for £10 at ‘Britain’s cheapest corner shop’
Warburton wholemeal bread – 99p
2.5kg red potatoes – £1
Six large eggs – 95p
4 pints of milk – £1.35
Packet of Bacon – £1
Tin of crushed tomatoes – 40p
Box of baked beans – 40p
Packet of Fox’s Sport Biscuits – 50p
Butter spread – 50p
4 packs of Walkers Crisps – £1
Three cans of 7 up to – £1
And walked away with a change of 12p…