Customers visited the Budgens branded store in Crewkerne for the last time on Sunday, before it closed its doors for good. Sixteen staff were employed at the store in Falkland Square and only 3 have so far found alternative employment. Food Retailer Operations Limited (FROL) who operated the store under a franchise agreement went into Administration on February 10th. Michael Denny, Robert Moran and Matthew Hammond of Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) were appointed as Joint Administrators.
Less than a week after the Administration process began, a Liquidation Sale of stock began, followed soon after by the sale of fixtures and fittings in the store. A former employee at the Budgens branded supermarket in Crewkerne confirmed that the Co-op Group (Food Retail) had been in contact with previous Co-op employees to discuss redundancy packages, up to the beginning of July last year, when the employees had worked for the Co-op. Usdaw (Union of Shop Distributive Allied Workers) had not sent a Union representative to visit the Crewkerne store but they had been in contact via emails. The store has closed 8 months after it transferred from Co-op to FROL and speculation on which retailer will move into the empty shop premises is already circulating in the town.