Sainsbury’s will open 60 convenience stores in London and the South East over the next year.
The supermarket is starting a major recruitment initiative in a bid to find 500 team leaders and 200 managers for the stores.
Director of Convenience for Sainsbury’s, Simon Twigger, said: “We’re a growing business, and with that comes the need for fresh new talent and perspective. We’re open to everyone, so if you like a challenge and have a head for business and customer service – come and see what we can offer”.
The so-called supermarket ‘space race’ has ground to a halt thanks to the shift in consumer shopping habits taking place in the grocery industry. In January, and for the first time in Sainsbury’s history, the amount of Sainsbury’s convenience stores surpassed the amount of supermarkets with 594 c-stores now in operation. The group said that this was a reflection of how consumers are increasingly looking to shop little and often, rather than bulk-buying for the week.
Sales at convenience stores rose by almost 18 per cent in the run-up to Christmas and Sainsbury’s is pledging to open at least two c-stores a week during its fiscal 2013/14 year. The supermarket chain has already opened nearly 80 this fiscal already.
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