Excitement as Budgens and Post Office open in Donington
The grand opening of a new food store and Post Office has been welcomed by villagers in Donington.
A total of 200 people, following strict social distancing, went along to support the new Budgens store, in High Street, during the first day it was open to the public.
Weeks of hard work came to fruition on Saturday when Colm Johnson, managing director of Tesco Group, cut the ribbon to the new store.
The new owners of the site MSP and Noble Group have been delighted with the response from the village.
Managing director Jeyaseelan Thambirajah said: “We would like to say thank you to the local community and members of staff who have supported us.
“It has been a nice to have such a warm welcome from the village.”
The St Neots based firm has spent 12 weeks transforming the former Bargain Booze store, which closed suddenly in December 2019, also forcing the post office located inside to shut.
But luckily, villagers nolonger have to travel to Quadring or Bicker to use a Post Office, as the Budgens branch is up and running under Post Office supervisorVanessa Young.
This new service offers 67 hours of post office service a week.
The new Budgens store also offers villagers a wide range of products including frozen yoghurt, Costa, Rollover hotdog along with flowers, groceries and much more.
Budgens is also employing 10-15 people.
Mr Thambirajah said the store will be making further improvements in the coming weeks.
Donington Parish Council chairman Jane Stanley gave a speech during the grand opening on Saturday to help open the store before the ribbon was cut by Mr Johnson.
South Holland district councillor Jane King has also welcomed the arrival of Budgens.
She said: “I am thrilled that it has opened and it is wonderful to have the Post Office within walking distance.
“With this new store along with the re-development of the Red Cow, the High Street is getting a facelift. It fits in really well with the High Street.
“The whole village has tried to support them, as has the parish council.”
Matt Hatfull, Post Office Provision Lead, has also welcomed the new store. He said: “We are delighted to have restored post office service to Donington as we know how important post office services are to a community.”