Co-op takes over vil­lage Bud­gens

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BUD­GENS in Chal­font St Peter is to be­come a Coop.

The na­tional retail chain has an­nounced they have bought 15 con­ve­nience stores from Booker for an undis­closed sum.

The stores – which are all cur­rently trad­ing as Bud­gens – are pre­dom­i­nately lo­cated in Lon­don and the south­east.

An­drew Welch, pres­i­dent of the Chal­font St Peter Cham­ber of Com­merce, said: “It’s al­ways good to see new busi­nesses see­ing Chal­font St Peter as a place where they would like to have a store.

“Ev­ery­body has a fond­ness for Bud­gens as it has been here for a num­ber of years, but change is al­ways good and we look for­ward to greet­ing and meet­ing and shop­ping in our new Coop.”

Steve Mur­rells, chief ex­ec­u­tive of retail at The Co-op­er­a­tive Food, said: “Co-op Food con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength, with a clear strat­egy that fo­cuses on the grow­ing con­ve­nience store mar­ket and our vi­sion to es­tab­lish our­selves as the num­ber one con­ve­nience store op­er­a­tor.

“Our ac­qui­si­tions pro­gramme is fun­da­men­tal to the suc­cess of this strat­egy, and in 2016 The Co­op­er­a­tive is ac­tively pur­su­ing 100 new stores.

“The ac­qui­si­tion of th­ese Bud­gens stores ab­so­lutely sup­ports our fo­cus on con­ve­nience store re­tail­ing.”

Along with the Chal­font St Peter store, the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions will be­come branches of The Co-op­er­a­tive Food: Bed­grove, Brad­ford-onAvon, Byfleet, Crouch End, East Bar­net, Fak­en­ham, Ful­ham, Grange Park, North­court, Par­sons Green, Ri­p­ley, Sandy, Tysoe Street and Wal­ton on the Hill.

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