State of the art concept store boosts Hedge End


Noel Kavanagh Jr introduces a new own-brand label outside his Hedge End store

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.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

  4 comments for “State of the art concept store boosts Hedge End

  1. maureen
    April 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Delighted that Budgens are doing well but can anyone tell me how the heck you can have a “brand” of sandwich?? I make sandwiches everyday for packed lunches; am I infringing Subway’s intellectual property or something?? I bet mine are at least as good.

  2. rory
    April 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Good presentation-clean shop,staff using gloves,shandwiches fresh everyday.
    The BRAND good sandwhiches.

    Sandwhiches badly filled,looking a mess, staff
    not using gloves.
    Bad BRAND.

    Its down to good Presentatation
    and poor Presentation.

  3. Peter Stewart
    April 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I remember the days when sandwich makers used their bare hands. I don’t think we suffered anything untoward as a result. I also remember when fish and chips came in newspaper and they definitely tasted better. There is something decidedly “clinical” about all this obsession with “hygiene”. Do we really want our sandwich makers to be dressed like hospital surgeons? Doesn’t exactly convey the right vibes to me. Bring back the bugs! That’s what I says. Nothing quite like a few bugs to make you stronger.

  4. April 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve shopped there myself now, an experience that I’ve reviewed in more detail on my personal blog, rather than present my shopping-trip as a news item…!

    My conclusion is that Kavanagh Budgens in Hedge End is a lovely place to shop, catering for both ends of the market.

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