Full Fit Out in Ruan Minor

The Store, Ruan Minor


Ruan Minor’s Post Office is a small shop on the Lizard Peninsula with a big mission.

A fresh and functional take on local retail

Claire Bollard, the proprietor, approached RRW with a plan for the Post Office that went above and beyond anything we’d seen before. She was on a mission to transform the business into a desirable community hub that could support and supply the village of Ruan Minor. That meant a full refit, local produce, and a superb café.

A full rip-out & rebuild with strict deadlines

With the support of European funding supplied by Local Action Cornwall, we were were hired on a turnkey basis, working with designs that Claire had already commissioned. We stripped the shop right back to the original stone walls and custom built all of the new countertops, shelving and seating areas. We re-clad the walls, carried out all plumbing & electrical work, and installed a new suspended ceiling with integrated LED lights. We arranged for new awnings and signage, and put in some gorgeous, hard-wearing Karndean® flooring.

Crisp new interiors: brand new shelving, walls & floors

As with any ambitious project, we faced a few hurdles. The Post Office authority gave us strict timelines which we had to meet at all costs. We liaised closely with the Post Office throughout the build and got the whole job completed in 3.5 weeks. Claire had a number of problems with the design she had commissioned, and a few of the big-ticket items she had already purchased weren’t up to specification. Thankfully, our problem-solving skills as expert shopfitters, and our local industry contacts, meant that we could help Claire to resolve each problem as it arose.

A rejuvenated community hub packed with utility

Claire’s shop is an outstanding example of what can be achieved with imagination & hard work. The shop still has its rustic traditional style, but with modern shelving, crisp finishes and top-of-the-line café equipment and refrigeration units.  It stocks a range of fantastic local produce, sells coffee to hundreds of locals every week, and even has a library to support the Fishermen’s Mission.

Client: www.ruanminorstore.co.uk