Co-operative / Booker merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Co-operative Foodstores Limited of 15 Budgens grocery stores from Booker Retail Partners (GB) Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
5 July 2016 Decision published
6 June 2016 Decision announced
12 April 2016 Launch of merger inquiry
7 April to 20 April 2016 Invitation to comment

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

6 June 2016: The CMA has cleared the acquisition by Co-operative Foodstores Limited of 15 Budgens grocery stores from Booker Retail Partners (GB) Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.

Launch of merger inquiry

12 April 2016: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

7 April 2016: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

The addresses of the 15 Budgens stores are:

  • 30 Market Square, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1JA
  • 22-26 Wells Road, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 9AA
  • Bishops House, Market Place, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, SL9 9HE
  • 23 The Broadway, Crouch End, London, N8 8DU
  • Williams Way, Grange Park, Northampton, Northants, NN4 5DY
  • 17-21 Jansel Square, Bedgrove, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7ET
  • 233 East Barnet Road, East Barnet, Greater London, EN4 8SS
  • 1 Bridge Yard, Kingston Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1EJ
  • Vanners Parade, High Road, Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 7RA
  • 39 North Court Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1PJ
  • 227-233 Munster Road, Fulham, London, SW6 6BT
  • 57-69 Parsons Green Lane, Fulham, London, SW6 4JA
  • Lovelace Works, High Street, Ripley, Surrey, GU23 6AW
  • 41 Walton Street, Walton on the Hill, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7RR
  • 1-7 Tysoe Street, London, EC1R 4SA


Please send written representations about any completion or public interest to:

Karina Kucaidze
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 7 April 2016
Last updated 5 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Full text of the decision published.
  2. Clearance decision announced.
  3. Launch of merger inquiry..
  4. First published.