Sainsbury’s is the second largest supermarket chain in the United Kingdom, after Tesco. In 1992, it became the UK's largest retailer in groceries and remained so for a short period of time before being overtaken in 1995. They sell typical produce found in most supermarkets. Shoppers can choose from a variety of fruit and vegetables as well as meat, dairy produce and frozen items, including convenience meals, ice cream and more. Their aisles are stocked with well-known brands and cheaper alternatives under Sainsbury’s ownership.
Founded by John James Sainsbury in 1922 in London, it is now majority-owned by the Qatari sovereign wealth fund, Qatar Investment Authority. The company has has over 1,400 shops and over 185,000 employees. It is also a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The establishment has diversified its interests over the years and now includes subsidiaries in banking and energy, among other things.
With over 1,400 stores, Sainsbury’s has shops in over 450 cities in the United Kingdom. The cities with the most Sainsbury’s stores are London, Nottingham, and Edinburgh. Sainsbury’s opening times can vary between location, but the general opening times of most Sainsbury’s establishments is 7am to 11pm every day of the week – some branches close early on Sundays, however. Sainsbury’s opening times may also vary on bank holidays, Easter Monday, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Find the opening times of Sainsburys near you with the branch locator tool on opening-times.co.uk.
There are various types of Sainsbury’s stores throughout the UK, with over 600 supermarkets and over 800 convenience stores, you should have no problem finding a shop in your area. Sainsbury’s also enjoys a market dominance in South East London, Wolverhampton, Guildford, Swindon, Torquay, Redhill, Dartford and Enfield. A lot of their supermarkets now also have in-built cafés and fuel forecourts.
As one of the leading groceries and general merchandise leaders in the United Kingdom, the establishment is a household name and most people will have been a customer of the company at some point in their life. However, here are 5 things you didn’t know about Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s is a supermarket giant and operates both online and in brick-and-mortar stores. A typical shop usually stocks over 30,000 different lines, with 20% of that being their own brands.
Among their own-label goods are:
Sainsbury’s does not only provide own-label food products, however and also has non-food related brands such as Sainsbury’s HOME and Home Collection – which offer a variety of products including kitchenware, bed linen, and lighting – and Tu, their own clothing line.
Sainsbury’s was initially set up in 1869 by John James and Mary Ann Sainsbury, whose first store was in Holborn, London. After focussing mainly on fresh food retail, the supermarket later became a vender of packaged food goods. At the time of John James Sainsbury’s death in 1928, the company had 128 shops and was expanding at a steady rate. The period of World War II was a turbulent time for business, as many of their workforce (predominantly men) were called into National Service and many of its shops in London were bombed. After surviving and then rapidly expanding during the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s, the company suffered a brief decline during the 1990s. The brand then had a re-launch in 1998 and has experienced steady growth and market success ever since.