Named ‘Best Food Retailer’ at the 2017 BBC Food & Farming Awards, we offer our Manchester customer-base an unbeatable range of affordable, fresh and wholesome food with an emphasis on organic, fair-trade and local produce. We’re the size of a supermarket but run as a workers’ co-operative, owned and democratically controlled by staff you see here in the shop.
Unicorn was established in 1996 by a small group of people committed to social change, who had a vision for the kind of place they wanted to shop in themselves. A place where a really wide range of wholesome, tasty food, sourced with care, would be sold at affordable prices. A shop owned and run by motivated worker-owners following a shared social and environmental agenda. A friendly, diverse and welcoming space that would act as a hub in the community.
Although we’ve grown a lot since then, those things remain true today. We’re proud to have proved that a worker-owned business with values can compete with national chains and provide a genuine alternative to the supermarket, and we’re now more or less the size of one.
Co-op members still aim to run the kind of shop they love shopping in. We hope you enjoy it too.