Justicia was started in 1985 when a group of like-minded people came together with a small but sufficient capital backing from local churches and asked Glynis Hardman to manage a small shop in a unit in St Georges Craft centre in Bolton.
It was named the Christian Traidshop which reflected the ethos of its founders. Most of the early stock was supplied by Traidcraft which remains the UK’s largest fair trade supplier.
The enterprise thrived and needed larger premises and after a short term move nearby moved into its present premises in 1988. In 1995 it was decided that the name should be changed to Justicia, the Spanish for justice, to emphasise that the shop was open to all .