City centre Co-op supermarket to become Budgens after sell-off

The Co-operative Food store in Pinstone Street. (Photo: Google).
The Co-operative Food store in Pinstone Street. (Photo: Google).
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A Sheffield city centre supermarket is set to be given a new name after being sold-off.

The Co-op store in Pinstone Street is one of 36 of the chain's stores which will become Budgens after a takeover.

The Co-operative Group is selling off a string of former Somerfield stores to the Food Retailer Group, eight years after its takeover of the supermarket chain.

All will be re-branded as Budgens supermarkets, with all of the 920 staff being transferred to the new business.

The Co-op bought over Somerfield in 2006 as part of a £1.6billion deal, but two years ago wrote down the value of its Somerfield store chain by £226million.

A Food Retailer Group spokesperson said: "The change in ownership will not impact daily business and stores will continue trading as usual. All employees will transfer with the business, and there are no planned redundancies."

The full list of stores affected:

Aberystwyth

Basingstoke

Birmingham

Blackburn

Buckley

Cardigan

Christchurch

Crewkerne

Dagenham

Erith

Gillingham

Greenwich - London

Helston

Littlehampton

Ludlow

Monmouth

Newport

Norwich

Nottingham

Paisley

Plumstead - London

Prestwick

Rochford

Shaftesbury

Sheffield

South benfleet

Southall - London

St. Neots

Sydenham - London

Tiverton

Totnes

Walsall

Watton

Weymouth

Wirral

Wisbech