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We're experiencing very high volumes of traffic on the website so please be patient if you are trying to checkout. Adrian Chiles' Guardian article on Sosmix has sent us (very gratefully) an influx of orders. We'll be shipping orders as quickly as possible but please expect delays of up to 1 week. Our retail store remains temporarily closed but we are offering contact-free Click & Collect orders from our new store in Seaton Delaval and we aim to have Click & Collect orders ready to collect within 1 working day. We'll email you once your order has been shipped or is ready to collect. Thank you and stay safe 💚

About Us

About Us

We are an independent, family run vegan health food store and online retailer run entirely by vegans! Our mission is to make it as easy as possible to lead a cruelty free lifestyle and we would love to help you on your journey. We sell everything from food, drinks, organics and wholefoods to cruelty free footwear and clothing. We were voted ‘Best Vegan Store’ in the Vegan Awards UK 2017 & 2019.


Our Products

Everything we sell is vegan, dairy free, lactose free and egg free and we also cater for many other dietary requirements such as gluten free, coeliac, soya free, low protein/PKU and nut free. We will always try to locate Organic, Fair Trade, Gluten Free or Palm Oil free options when possible. We add new products weekly and we’re always on the lookout for the next best vegan thing! Expect to find products from ethical, vegan companies which you won’t find in the supermarkets. If you are looking for a vegan product which we don't currently stock, please ask and we’ll do our best to find it for you.

How to Buy From Alternative Stores -

Our Online Store
You’ll find our online store bursting with great vegan products all available for delivery to your door. We deliver chilled and frozen goods using special insulated packaging designed to keep your products at the required temperatures and we use a DPD next day delivery service which covers most of the UK. DPD  give you a 1 hour delivery window the morning your parcel is due for delivery and alternative options should no-one be home to accept your delivery. Delivery via DPD costs £5.99 for up to 30kg or we offer free mainland UK delivery on orders £55+. If you live outside the DPD postal zone then we may offer an alternative delivery method via Myhermes.

Our Store
Our store is 20 minutes outside of Newcastle upon Tyne city centre. We're based in Plant Based Valley in Seaton Delaval, Whitley Bay. We've ample free parking outside. We're currently temporarily closed to the public due to Covid-19 and are operating as a click & collect facility only. Collection hours are 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday.

Find us at:
Plant Based Valley,
Avenue Road,
Seaton Delaval,
Whitley Bay
NE25 0QJ.

Strettioli Ltd trading as AlternativeStores.com

Registered in England & Wales under company number 10056278.

Registered Address - Plant Based Valley, Avenue Road, Seaton Delaval, Whitley Bay, NE25 0QJ.

Telephone - 0191 603 0577

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