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New Budgens Supermarket Is Open In Fairlands

Published on: 4 Apr, 2019
Updated on: 5 Apr, 2019

by Hugh Coakley

A new Budgens supermarket opened in Fairlands on Friday, March 29, replacing the Fairlands Total Convenience Newsagents, Grocers and Off-Licence.

A new Budgens has opened in Kiln Meadows, Fairlands.

The new shop occupies not only the old newsagents but also a substantial extension that was built last year.

Manager Arun Muthu said: “It’s been a very positive start. People have been impressed with the shop.”

The shop currently employs five people and Budgens is recruiting for a possible three more jobs.

Mr Mathu added: ” We are using local suppliers where we can such as The Christmas Bakery, Chapel Farm eggs and sausages from Horsham.”

Budgens at Fairlands would like to introduce more local suppliers. Mr Mathu said that if anyone is interested to supply local produce, they should contact him at the shop on 01483 889944.

Budgens, owned by Tesco, has one other shop in the Guildford area in Bramley.

A previous venture by Budgens into Guildford closed in 2015 after 10 years trading at Queen Elizabeth Park in Stoughton.

Factors thought to have contributed to the closure included the size of the store, which was possibly too big for the area, and local competition with Little Waitrose and Sainsbury’s Local both opened on the Worplesdon Road.

Budgens in Queen Elizabeth Park closed in 2015 after 10 years trading on the estate.

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