As ASDA prepare to take over, store boss says he is confident they will ‘continue the community work we have undertaken in Soham’

Gravens 150th Anniversary, at Budgens, Soham.(l-r) manager Ken Lobley, Diana Hillma, Soahm and Stapl

Gravens 150th Anniversary, at Budgens, Soham.(l-r) manager Ken Lobley, Diana Hillma, Soahm and Staploe Rotary Geoff Griggs, Jonathan James, assistant manager Kate Sheehan, Jim Ames, Barbara Warner. - Credit: Archant

The doors of a Soham supermarket will shut on Monday to undergo a major refit before re-opening under the ownership of ASDA.

Launch of Soham Foodbank, at Budgens, Soham (l-r) Caroline Bosworth and Mary Barnes from The Childre

Launch of Soham Foodbank, at Budgens, Soham (l-r) Caroline Bosworth and Mary Barnes from The Childrens Centre, with foods they would like donated - Credit: Archant

Jonathan James of James Gravens’ Budgens store said: “After almost 11 years of trading our store in Clay Street, Soham, we are closing the doors for the final time on Monday May 5 at 6pm.”

Budgens at Soham giving away School Vouchers, (centre) Jonathan James, with pupils (left ) David fro

Budgens at Soham giving away School Vouchers, (centre) Jonathan James, with pupils (left ) David from Weatheralls School and (right) Chelsie from St Andrews School - Credit: Archant

Mr James said: “We have enjoyed operating the store and serving the local people over the years and feel confident that ASDA will continue the community work that we have undertaken in Soham.

2nd Soham Cubs Bag Packing at Budgens, Soham, Akela Mark Clements, Will Davis, Sarah Diver, George L

2nd Soham Cubs Bag Packing at Budgens, Soham, Akela Mark Clements, Will Davis, Sarah Diver, George Lavender, Charlie Green, Struan Wallace-Sayers, Sophie Hood, Angela Clements, James Jesty, Daniel Jugg - Credit: Archant

“In particular, we have enjoyed being involved in a wide range of community activities and events – some of which will stay in our hearts for a long time.”

At Budgens in Soham are Katie Barker, Guider 1st Soham Brownies, Ken Lobley, Senior Manager of Budge

At Budgens in Soham are Katie Barker, Guider 1st Soham Brownies, Ken Lobley, Senior Manager of Budgens Soham wirth Brownies Emily Hewitt and Amelia Hewitt - Credit: Archant

Mr James said: “ASDA coming to the town meets the desire of the local people for one of the big four supermarkets to operate in Soham.


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“By being located in our store, and therefore the town centre, it is in line with the Soham Masterplan and will undoubtedly continue to provide the much needed footfall for the other businesses in the High Street”

He added: “Our store team have been fantastic across the years and we would like to thank them for their commitment, enthusiasm and team spirit and we wish them every success for the future with their new employer.”

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