Budgens is a chain of grocery stores located in Southern England that sells retail products from private labels and national brand names. The grocery store chain is a subsidiary of Musgrave Retail Partners GB Ltd.


Budgens was founded in 1872 by John Budgen. It is considered one of the oldest supermarkets and private labels in Britain. Budgens was originally a small grocery store, but over time, the stores have expanded in size and areas of operation. Ever since the stores were put up, they have been servicing England’s local communities, both the suburban towns and the high streets.

In 2002, Budgens was acquired by the Musgrave Group. The group has more than 180 stores in different parts of Southern England. There are also neighborhood supermarkets that are owned independently by several Budgens retailers. These independent owners were able to franchise their Budgens stores from the Musgrave Group.

Every Budgens store offers high-quality products that are fairly priced for its customers’ benefits. Every week, the stores have special offers for its shoppers to take advantage of. Budgens’ private labels offer consumers an alternative from the often more expensive national brands. These private label retail products are all assured of high quality and are sold with competitive prices.

All Budgens stores get their products from British suppliers. Fruits, meats and vegetables are all sourced from British growers and suppliers. These suppliers all assure Budgens of their products’ excellent quality. Among Budgens’ suppliers are Lloyd Maunder Poultry, Hudson’s of Wisbech and Mrs. Tee.

In 2010, Budgens was awarded the country’s Produce Retailer of the Year. This recognition was given because of the stores’ consistency in providing consumers with fresh produce. In July of this year, Budgens started working with the country’s fishermen to get the freshest seafood to its stores. Budgens came up with ‘the 36-hours promise’ to assure its customers that the seafood that is sold in Budgens stores were caught and displayed within 36 hours. Budgens also started the ‘catch of the day’ program, allowing local fishermen to sell and promote more varieties of fish. Before this program, most fish sold were haddock and cod. This is also Budgens’ way of protecting the fisheries and promoting sustainability.


Headquarters: Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Ownership Type: Private, a subsidiary of Musgrave Retail Partners GB Ltd.
Budgens Grocery Stores: about 180
Employees: information not available
Geography: Southern England
Demography: retail products consumers
Budgens Customer Care: 0800-298-0758


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