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Long Melford, near Sudbury, Hall Street Budgens owner Simon Barrett retires after six years – as the store is sold





The owner of a convenience store near Sudbury has thanked customers after announcing his retirement – with the business now under new management.

Simon Barrett, who has run the Budgens in Hall Street, Long Melford, with his daughter Francesca for the past six years, took the tough decision to sell his store.

The shop shut on November 15 and reopened two days later under new management.

Simon Barrett, the owner of the Budgens in Long Melford, thanked customers as he announced his retirement. Picture: Christie & Co
Simon Barrett, the owner of the Budgens in Long Melford, thanked customers as he announced his retirement. Picture: Christie & Co

He thanked customers and said the sale would allow him to retire.

Simon said: “After nearly six years of running and operating this store, we decided to make the difficult decision to sell.

“I would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thanks to all you wonderful lot who have shopped and supported us through the years. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know and serve so many of you.

“Thank you also to all the staff past and present, as well as the local suppliers. They have all been a huge part of shaping the shop and I couldn’t be more grateful for working alongside such incredible people.”

Simon urged customers to continue to support the business under its new owners – and hoped to run into customers around the village.

He added: “We are confident the buyer we found will understand our customers and their needs, and we wish him all the best for the future.”

The sale of the store was handled by Christie & Co.

It was bought by experienced operators from the area, who said they were excited to add the store to their portfolio and continue the hard work Simon put into the business.

Lewis Last, from Christie & Co, who handled the sale, said he was really pleased for Simon and Francesca.

Despite challenges, the team powered through with the sale.

He added: “The opportunity was very well received by the market and attracted multiple bids which continues to echo the sentiment that similar stores remain in very high demand.

“For the buyers, they are local operators with vast experience in the area.

“I am sure they will continue Simon and Francesca’s great work and make every success of the store. I look forward to working with them again on future acquisitions and potential disposals.”