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Sainsbury’s To Open New Store In Bishop’s Waltham

By Times Reporter in News on July 29, 2020

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is to open a new supermarket in Bishop’s Waltham – replacing Budgens.

Budgets will close in September and will be refurbished and then become a branch of Sainsbury’s.

The Store – called Neighbourhood Hub – will be twice the size of a Sainsbury’s Local and will also be a collection point for Argos.

The Argos collection point which will mean customers will be able to order
thousands of technology, home and toy products available for collection.

There will also be a selection of beauty products and flowers to purchase, as well as fresh juice and coffee to go.

As the new Sainsbury’s store will be replacing the existing Budgens, there will be a temporary closure of approximately 12-weeks from the beginning of September whilst the building is refurbished and made ready to open as a new Sainsbury’s Neighbourhood Hub in November.

Sainsbury’s will be taking on the existing staff members at Budgens and looks forward to welcoming them to the team.

The Sainsbury’s team in Bishop’s Waltham will play an active role in the local community by supporting a local charity, as well as supporting Sainsbury’s nationwide community programmes and charity partners.

Patrick Dunne, Sainsbury’s Property Director said: “We’re looking forward to opening the doors to a brand new Sainsbury’s Neighbourhood Hub store in Bishop’s Waltham this November.

“We know the local community is going to enjoy the wide range of food and
convenience products on offer in this new store. We will continue to keep the community updated on our plans to refurbish this store.”

The store will open between 8am and 10pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

The news comes five years since Sainsbury’s decided not to go ahead with plans to build a 35,000sq ft development in Bishop’s Waltham.

As part of that development, Sainsbury’s had said it would help to finance the £1.6m relocation of the town’s doctors’ surgery to the site and create  300 jobs.

Campaigners fought against the plans saying the store would have a negative impact on Bisho Waltham’s character and High Street.

Photo: Stock photo


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