SAINSBURY’S announces an agreement has been signed to purchase the Budgens store on Station Road, Heathfield.
The store will be transformed into a full Sainsbury’s supermarket in Autumn this year.
The 7,000 square foot store will benefit from a comprehensive internal refurbishment to bring it in-line with customer expectations including the installation of a new bakery and self-scan checkouts.
Once complete it will stock a range of high quality fresh and frozen produce to increase shopping choice for residents in and around the town.
All existing Budgens’ employees will be offered a position at the new store and it’s expected a small number of extra jobs will be made available. In total about 30 people will be employed.
Planning applications for new signage on the building and improvements to the car park behind the store will be submitted shortly.
Regional development surveyor for Sainsbury’s, Max Whitehand said: “We have been keen to come to Heathfield for a while and are absolutely delighted to have signed an agreement to acquire the Budgens store.
“It is a great opportunity to bring the Sainsbury’s brand to the community in a location close to existing shops and services in the town centre.
“The new store will offer customers in and around the town a wide range of high quality products at fair prices in a modern shopping environment.
“This will help retain shoppers in Heathfield and boost its attractiveness as a centre.”
The new shop will stock a wide range of food products including the popular Basics, Taste the Difference, Fairtrade, So Organic and Be Good to Yourself ranges.
The existing Budgens will close for a short time so the refurbishment works can take place.
However, improvement works to the car park behind the store will be phased so the car park remains open throughout the works.
As part of the deal the Post Office will be relocated to new premises in the mall a few yards from Sainsbury’s. It will be fitted with modern, purpose-built facilities.
Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council chairman and district councillor Peter Newnham welcomed the news. He said: “On behalf of the Parish Council I am delighted. The rumours about the change have been going on for a long time and I am pleased they have come to fruition.
“We look forward to the new store and hope they have successful trading here. We are delighted too that the Post Office will stay here and be located in modern premises opposite the store.”