Town supermarket reopens after pensioner crashes car into store

Budgens on Peachcroft has been shut for over two weeks following the incident at the end of March.

A concrete pillar was damaged at the store, which was evacuated until the building could be declared safe.

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It is understood the incident may have occurred after the driver put his foot on the accelerator instead of the brake.

One shopper said earlier that the crash happened around 9.15am on Tuesday, March 30.

He added that police evacuated the building as it was “structurally unsafe” about 15 minutes later, and that he was forced to leave without paying for his shopping.

Another eyewitness said the elderly couple involved in the crash came into the supermarket afterwards and did not appear to be injured.

Thames Valley Police described the incident as “a minor injury collision” and declined to comment further.

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A member of staff at Smarts fish and chip shop, which is in the same row of shops as Budgens, said the supermarket reopened yesterday.

Oxford Mail: Staff at Smarts fish and chip shopHe said: “We are pleased to see Budgens is open again.

“There is still some building work outside.”

In 2019 burglars broke into Budgens in Peachcoft, cutting  the locks with an angle grinder, and before attempting to blow up the cash machine.

Despite the dramatic attempts to steal the ATM, police said their attempt was unsuccessful and they left the shop empty-handed.

Budgens ran a store in Northcourt Road from 1999 to 2016 when it was taken over by the Co-op.

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