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Britain’s most remote shop is looking for a new manager

The remote and steep cliffs of St Kilda (Getty Images)
The remote and steep cliffs of St Kilda (Getty Images)

Britain’s remotest shop is looking for somebody to run it – 112 miles off the Scottish mainland, out in the Atlantic Ocean.

St Kilda is home to just a small number of defence and conservation workers – but receives about 5,000 cruise ship passengers each season.

The tiny store on the island sells souvenirs including toy puffins, with plenty of the real thing flying about outside.

The St Kilda Club, which owns the shop, is now looking for a new convener after its member Rob Gower decided to step down after five years in the post.

Sadly the fabulous Rob who has been running the St Kilda Shop for the past 5 years, is stepping down as the Convenor,…

Posted by St Kilda Club on Friday, 9 August 2019

The convener is responsible for sourcing stock, managing accounts and working with suppliers to ensure the shelves are fully furnished with the best possible goods.

The advert on the club’s Facebook page describes it as an “exciting position” and a “modest honorarium is available”.

The replacement convener will be able to run the shop from afar. The turnover is up to around £50,000 a year and all the profits go to National Trust for Scotland, which owns St Kilda.

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