Number of stores safe despite closures

Budgens in Wick Street, Littlehampton is closing down. Picture: Google Streetview
Budgens in Wick Street, Littlehampton is closing down. Picture: Google Streetview
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Despite the announcement for the closure of 34 Budgens stores across the UK, a number of stores in West Sussex will remain open.

Budgens stores located in Henfield, Upper Beeding, Horsham, Hassocks, Easebourne and Midhurst are currently owned by independent retailers and are not at risk of closure, a Budgens spokesman has said.

Chain operator for 34 Budgens stores – The Food Retailer Operations Limited – has been placed into administration leading to the closure of its stores.

One of these stores is located in Littlehampton.

A spokesman for Budgens said: “Budgens is a brand which operates 150 stores as a symbol group. The business is performing very strongly.

“In July 2016 The Food Retailer Operations Limited (TFR) bought 36 stores from the Co-op and traded them under the Budgens brand.

“TFR have recently gone into administration. This means they are currently in consultation with their 800 colleagues.

“We are disappointed that TFR are in this position, but this does not affect Budgens or its colleagues.”

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