Independent convenience retailer Peregrine Retail opened its first redeveloped forecourt at Ringwood, Hampshire today.


The Budgens of Blashford BP-branded site, which took one year in the planning, has been redeveloped to increase the store size from a 400sq ft Spar store to a 2,300sq ft Budgens.

The c-store offers an extensive range of fresh fruit and vegetables, in-store bakery, hot food and drinks, and a wide range of wines. The forecourt has a new Washtec soft brush car wash; vacuum, air and water; and a free-to-use cash machine.

Opening special offers included discounted fuel; a free top-up car wash for every £25 spent in-store; a free bag-for-life full of goodies on April 7; and the first 100 customers received a free bottle of wine.

Peregrine Retail managing director John Mason, who runs the business with operations director Tom Orford, said: “The site isn’t in a particularly price-competitive area but we are keeping the fuel price low to start with to encourage people to see the offers we have in the shop.”

In addition to the opening day offers, on Saturday April 9 and 16 customers will receive £5 off their shopping for every £25 spent in-store.

The company’s target for turnover in the shop is £35,000 per week, up from £14,000 per week before the redevelopment.

Peregrine Retail is also due to open its second forecourt on a greenfield site on the A38 in Bridgwater in August.