The re-opening of the Village Shop in Laughton was marked with a celebration on Saturday morning.
The much-prized facility had been closed for three weeks while improvement works were carried out.
The shop has been owned by the village since 1994 when it was acquired by the newly established Laughton Village Shop Association.
Local residents were invited to become shareholders and to subscribe towards the cost of the property by providing interest free loans.
The shop was finally opened in February 1995 and included an invaluable Post Office facility.
It has proved a lifeline for villagers, who would otherwise have to travel to Lewes, Uckfield or Hailsham to do their shopping.
Recently the shop has been enlarged and refurbished by shopfitter Barrie Hollands of Yellowley Ltd, and was officially re-launched by the Vicar of Laughton, the Rev David Mathers.
The villagers toasted the future success of their shop – run by Steve Pulling – which is now open again for business, Monday to Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-12.30pm.