The recently refurbished Budgen’s store in Hedge End has brought state of the art grocery retailing to the village centre and attracted UK-wide attention thanks to an article in The Grocer, a well-respected industry-specific magazine that has been running for 150 years.
The new store includes all of the latest innovations from the Budgen’s brand name under one roof. These include a “Local Wall”, which will stock products made by local suppliers working in partnership with the store’s owner, Mr Noel Kavanagh Jr, and an in-store Subway selling the well-known brand of Submarine sandwiches.
Whilst busy introducing a new own-brand label, Mr Kavanagh said,
“I own my own store but partner with the Budgens brand as it enables me to offer my customers prices which are competitive with the major supermarkets. Most of us are under pressure when it comes to household budgets at the moment. Through bringing SuperValu into the store, people of Hedge End will get great quality food at up to 20% less than the branded equivalent”.
“I’m very lucky to serve the Hedge End community. I think my customers appreciate the Tesco price match we have on key everyday products, they like the fresh produce range we have and the friendly personal service from people who live in the community. That’s why they keep coming back. I’m very grateful for that and it’s my duty to support the community in return.”
In its first year, Budgens of Hedge End plans to support the local community by giving back up to £3,000 throughout the course of the year.