Sainsbury's Local stores to overtake supermarkets
The number of Sainsburys convenience stores is set to exceed that of the retailers supermarkets for the first time when a new Sainsburys Local store opens in Balsall Common in Coventry later this week.
The store will be the retailer's 594th convenience outlet and will provide 30 jobs for local people.
Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s group commercial director, said: "We know the trend amongst customers is to shop little and often as this helps them stick to their budget and cut down on food waste.
"There is no sign of this trend abating and, with only 6% of the population living within a 15 minute walk of a Sainsbury’s Local, there’s plenty of opportunity for us to grow, creating jobs for local people and helping to revitalise high streets and communities across Britain as they bring increased footfall and trade."
Sainsbury’s has pledged to open two new convenience stores each week during 2013/14 and has opened 73 so far in the current financial year. In November 2012, the retailer announced plans to create 10,000 jobs through the expansion of its convenience business over the next three years.
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