Lincolnshire Co-op / Budgens (Holbeach) merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Lincolnshire Co-operative Limited of a Budgens store in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, from Musgrave Retail Partners GB Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
12 January 2015 Decision published
18 December 2014 Decision announced
11 November 2014 Launch of merger inquiry
6 to 19 November 2014 Invitation to comment

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

18 December 2014: The CMA has cleared the anticipated acquisition by Lincolnshire Co-operative Limited of a Budgens store in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, from Musgrave Retail Partners GB Limited. The full text of the decision is available below:

Invitation to comment: Now closed

6 November 2014: The Competition and Markets Authority is considering whether arrangements are in progress or in contemplation which, 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.

The address of the Budgens store is: 5 Fleet Street Holbeach, Spalding Lincolnshire PE12 7AX.

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

11 November 2014: The CMA announced the launch of its phase 1 investigation by notice to the parties.

Contact

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

Davis Galimberti
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
37 Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

Davis.Galimberti@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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