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Local leads the way at Budgens store

Retailer Michael Baker is a big champion of local food in both his Budgens supermarket and the family-run Bakers & Larners department store in the Norfolk market town of Holt. The 13,000sq ft CT Baker Budgens of Holt store trades with almost 40 local suppliers operating within ...

Premium push is profitable move

It was music to the ears of Simon Lawrence when he heard Budgens director Mike Baker tell a meeting of independent retailers that the symbol group had “changed its ways” since being acquired by Booker. Lawrence, who runs three stores in Norfolk with his brother Andrew, ...

Fresh new look is tonic for village

Award-winning retailer Holborn’s has been trading successfully in the Surrey town of Redhill since 1974, but it was only in 2005 that owner Dean Holborn took the decision to branch out into a second outlet in the nearby commuter village of South Nutfield. The store was refitted ...

Profile: Robinson’s Budgens of Kimbolton

Charles Robinson moved into grocery retailing just over three years ago and the Budgens village store is thriving, reports Mike Dennis Charles Robinson’s business card sums up his operation in the Cambridgeshire village of Kimbolton very concisely. It just reads “garage, ...

Profile: Family reaps benefit of £1m investment

The Connolly family is already seeing the benefits of a massive £1m investment in the redevelopment of their Spar store. Mike Dennis went to view the new-look store When I last visited Andrew Connolly’s store in Tidworth, Wiltshire, back in ...

Profile: Fuelling the food-to-go trend

John Sommerville transformed his forecourt in Scotland’s central belt with a switch to the Mace fascia and an added emphasis on food-to-go. Martin Geary reports It’s the worst weather of 2017 as storm Doris hits Scotland – and the Mace ...