Jempson’s: the family supermarket chain you’ll only find in East Sussex


Jempson’s is one of the UK’s largest family supermarket chains. Two stores can be found in Peasmarsh and Rye, but they should arguably be found across the country.

Originally founded as a small bakery in Peasmarsh in 1935, the business now consists of two supermarkets, four convenience stores, six cafes, five post offices, a gas station and a pharmacy. These establishments are now found across East Sussex, including Hastings, Battle and Wadhurst, with a cafe in the Kent border town of Hawkhurst.

The main Peasmarsh supermarket has everything you could possibly need, with everything you would expect from a mainstream supermarket – and more. An abundance of local produce can be found throughout the store, with more fresh fruit and vegetable choices than any other supermarket.

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The deli, butcher and bakery counters are popular with shoppers and offer delicious, freshly baked treats. There are also counters serving freshly squeezed orange juice and almond milk can be dispensed in bottles.

A whole range of Jempson branded products are available in store, using a copy of the original label first used 87 years ago. The bakery remains at the forefront of the business, with thousands of loaves made from scratch each week across 20 varieties.

Deli, butcher and bakery counters are popular with shoppers

After undergoing various expansions since its opening, the Peasmarsh hypermarket opened on the same site in January 2002. Covering the largest area of ​​35,000 square feet, what was once a village bakery has become a shopping complex, with 280 parking spaces, post office and gas station.

In July last year a new local store in Bexhill was opened, buying the 4,500 square foot site from Southern Co-op and retaining all the store’s former employees.

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