Work to start on town’s superstore

Work is set to start later this month to rebuild the Budgens store in Holt, giving the town a permanent supermarket once more.

Destroyed by a devastating fire in June 2020, the store has been missed, with a temporary structure holding the fort in the meantime.

The fire at the Budgens store left Holt without a main supermarket.

Contractors will be at the Kerridge Way site on November 22 and it is hoped the new shop will be open in winter 2022.

Sandra Taylor-Meeds, who has managed the Budgens of Holt store for more than 30 years, will be working alongside Carl Milton, newly appointed managing director of the C T Baker Group on seeing the store rebuilt.

 The planning application approved by North Norfolk District Council states: “The new design does seek to improve on the previous building by reconsidering the elements of the original building and refreshing them to provide a new store serving Holt for the future.”

An artist’s impression of how the new store will look.

 Havercroft Construction will be the principal contractor for the work and as members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme have pledged to make sure the site looks presentable and that work causes as little obstruction as possible to nearby residents.

Where possible, jobs will be sourced within the local area and a large proportion of the materials required will also be supplied from nearby traders.

Whilst construction takes place, the 5,000sq ft temporary Budgens store will remain trading and the Group’s Post Office services will continue to operate from Bakers and Larners of Holt.

Home Delivery customers in and around Holt will continue to be served from C T Baker Budgens of Aylsham.

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