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Well pretty soon, anyway. According to this article in Retail Analysis, Crouch End is one of 15 Budgen's stores to be acquired by the Co-Op in their "Continued focus on convenience".
Is this a good thing for Crouch End? Quite possibly. The co-op food store down by the Ferme Park Road roundabout has many more food customers than use the petrol filling station. I quite like the french sticks if I really want a big lump of bread to fill me up. And they do stock raw meat in their chillers, which the convenience store opposite does not. And the chiller cabinets have doors, which Budgen's no longer does. So the more substantial brand moving to the Town Centre may anchor things even further than they are now, and perhaps create a frisson of competition, which Budgen's, as delightful as the refit was, does not quite achieve.
Thanks for the heads up. Read the retail article you linked, but can't see any mention of a date. Do you know when we might expect to see it transform into Co-op? Cheers
No idea of date. Even the acquisition/disposal is not obvious on the co-op / booker websites
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