Co-op takes over village Budgens
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.