Old Plumb Center in Harborough is set to turn into an Eco Village

The woman behind the dramatic Refill Revolution in Market Harborough is about to launch a bold new venture in the town.

Thursday, 28th November 2019, 9:31 am
Updated Thursday, 28th November 2019, 9:31 am
Beth Lambert of Eco Village new base the former Plumb Centre on St Mary's Road in Market Harborough which hopes to be open for business in January 2020..
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Beth Lambert of Eco Village new base the former Plumb Centre on St Mary's Road in Market Harborough which hopes to be open for business in January 2020.. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Beth Lambert, 39, is set to open the Eco Village at the old Plumb Center in St Mary’s Road with her friend and business partner Beth Awdry.

The two Beths have got their eyes fixed on going live in January as they aim to start 2020 with a bang.

Beth Lambert said: “We can’t wait to throw open the doors.

The Eco Village new base at former Plumb Centre on St Mary's Road in Market Harborough which hopes to be open for business in January 2020.. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“I set up Refill Revolution in the Indoor Market 18 months ago – and I’ve been floored by the amazing response from the community.

“It’s all about cutting waste and supporting sustainable shopping and lifestyles in the 21st century and it’s struck a real chord.”

The mum-of-two added: “It got me thinking so now we’ve decided to set up the Eco Village.

“We’ll have traders selling meat, fruit and veg and a florist’s as well as a café all being well.

Beth Lambert of Eco Village new base at former Plumb Centre on St Mary's Road in Market Harborough which hopes to be open for business in January 2020.. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“We will be serving customers ourselves and engaging with them all the time as well as bringing people together.”

Beth, of Northleigh Grove, Harborough, said they’ll also be working closely with local people to turn the Eco Village into a resounding success.

“I’m not a radical eco warrior and we’re not all vegan or vegetarian so this won’t sit well with everyone,” she said.

“Our customers want excellent local produce and we’ve got some fantastic fruit and veg producers in this area.

The Eco Village new base at former Plumb Centre on St Mary's Road in Market Harborough which hopes to be open for business in January 2020..

“We are making a firm commitment to carry on improving.

“We’ll be holding a quarterly public debate so people can give us their feedback and have their say.

“We’re all on a journey to improve and I’ve told schools and businesses that we’ll be opening an ethical supermarket in the New Year.”

Beth said they should have space for about 20 traders under the same roof on the edge of the town centre and may open a garden in future as well.

“We want to give people more choice, support local producers and encourage shoppers to spend their money here in Harborough.

“It’s exciting and scary at the same time,” she said.

“We want to turn the Eco Village into a lovely community hub.

“This won’t be a commercial business.

“As long as we cover our costs and pay our bills we’ll be fine.”