Three new forecourt stores will have joined the Budgens group before the end of the first quarter.

The first is in Stadhampton in Oxfordshire, which opened on February 12. The second in Kingsclere in Hampshire should be open now, while the third in Wellington, Somerset, is expected to open later this month. Summit Service Station at Stadhampton, eight miles south of Oxford, has undergone a full rebuild and refit project creating a new 2,335sq ft shop, which is owned by Mohammed Farooq, a new retail partner for Budgens.

The other two sites are both owned by John Mason of Peregrine Retail, who also operates Budgens stores at Blackhorse, Blashford and Bridgwater. Kingsclere Service Station is a redevelopment of a closed down forecourt and is currently undergoing a full regeneration which will result in a new 2,500sq ft shop being created.

Wellington is a new-to-industry site and will encompass a 2,660sq ft store plus a Subway concession on an edge-of-town development.

Budgens brand director, Mike Baker, said: "Our forecourt business is performing really well and we’ve got the balance between convenience and interesting just right.

"It’s fantastic to see these new stores opening and to be welcoming new retail partners such as Mohammed Farooq. I’m sure he’ll make Stadhampton a great success."