Shoppers expecting to buy their paper, fags and a bottle of milk were shocked to find Budgens closed today – for good!
Budgen’s – occupying a prominent position in the Narborhood & Post Office block was this morning deserted, the windows white-washed and a notice saying it had closed at 7am this morning. The flower seller who has occupied the pitch outside for many years said that she was as surprised as anyone having no inkling of the closure. Geraldine of Kirkdale Bookshop and chair of Sydenham Traders was shocked when she heard the news. “A real blow for Sydenham” she exclaimed.
Many people will remember the store as a 7/11. This chain was acquired by Budgens in 1997 and rebranded as Budgens Express. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Budgens Express aimed to meet the needs of its local customers – whether local residents, office workers or late night party goers, no matter what time of night or day.