The milestone was reached since the first Sainsbury's supermarket opened in 1984
Sainsbury's 100th store opened in Scotland with 6,800 sq. ft on Gordon Street in Glasgow, creating 64 new local jobs.
Since 1984 when it opened its first supermarket, the retailer has been serving Scottish customers, representing over 30 years of continuous investment and growth in the country.
Over 1.5 million customers a week shop at 35 Sainsbury’s supermarkets and 65 convenience stores in Scotland employing over 9,000 people. A further 1,000 people are employed at its Sainsbury’s Bank headquarters in Edinburgh. Its strategy to be a multi-channel food, general merchandise, clothing and financial services retailer was accelerated recently through its acquisition of Argos and Habitat.
With the aim of helping customers benefit from a better and faster in-store experience, it plans to open new Argos shops at 4 locations in the next few months in addition to transforming 10 standalone Argos stores to the new digital format.
In order to provide a greater choice of food, clothing and homeware products, Sainsbury’s is also investing in its existing supermarkets and also proposes to open six new convenience stores in Scotland over the next 18 months.
“We’re delighted to reach this milestone. Our business in Scotland is diverse and growing and we are continuing to innovate so we can offer our customers greater convenience, flexibility, speed and choice to shop with us whenever and wherever they want. We’re looking forward to building on the success of the last three decades,” said Mike Coupe, Chief Executive at Sainsbury's.
“Congratulations to Sainsbury’s for opening its 100th store in Scotland. The Scottish Government recognises that a vibrant and successful retail industry is crucial for our economy to thrive. We will continue to work with Sainsbury’s and all of the retail sector to create the right environment to encourage investment, create jobs and inspire innovation in products and services,” said Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work. PWKD15052017