The previous owner called it quits in the course of 2020 and Victor Munster felt something had to be done. “It’s the last shop in the village and it would be bad if it disappeared too. So we put our shoulders to the wheel together.”
‘Much more than that’
Don’t talk to Munster about just a supermarket in Lettele. “It’s much more than that. I call it Super Lettele, that’s what it says on the facade. It’s a combination of a store where you can get groceries, but also gifts. Or just enjoy a cup of coffee at the table for the store,” says Munster.
A resident of the village is doing the latter this Saturday, who comes to get fresh bread every Saturday. “I think my mother-in-law comes here three times a week with her walker to get groceries. That is very good for her social contacts, for her independence and she has the necessary exercise. This is really more than a shop.”
I think my mother-in-law comes here three times a week with her walker to get groceries
That table was deliberately placed in front of the shop. “In regular supermarkets, this is an effective sales area, where flowers and plants and, for example, the Easter punnets are placed. We very consciously set up the coffee table there.”
Just like in a ‘normal’ supermarket, there are all kinds of positions for the people who work at Super Lettele. “We also just have stock fillers. On Mondays the groceries come and there are two people who like to put the goods on the shelves. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday it comes fresh and other people are busy with that. what to do.”
‘Really all generations’
In a short time there was a group of about forty permanent volunteers who keep the shop running. “Sometimes someone leaves, but then someone new comes along. When we started more than a year ago, we thought it was a place where especially the elderly would meet, with or without a walker. But gradually we see you that really all generations come here.”
Super Lettele is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 1.30pm and from 2.30pm to 6.00pm. The shop is open on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. The Super Lettele is closed on Sunday. Payment can only be made with the pin.
According to Munster, people were deliberately thrown in at the deep end in the beginning. “We had to learn a lot. We didn’t really know anything about how a cash register system works, for example. We now have a lot of support in the village. I am very proud of the fellow villagers.”
‘Wine for mister pastor’
When asked what the most beautiful thing he has come across since the reopening of the store, he has to think for a while. “One of the most beautiful things is when we hadn’t even started yet and someone from the west was here and had to get a few bottles of wine for the pastor here in the village. Did we arrange something for that man. He was very surprised that that was possible here. He did not know that in his area. Nice isn’t it!”