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Sainsbury's is one of the largest supermarkets in the UK and enjoys a reputation of providing good-quality groceries at competitive prices. Founded by John James Sainsbury, the shop began life in London's Drury Lane in 1869 and quickly expanded, to become England's moist successful grocer by the 1920s. John James Sainsbury's slogan, hung over the Drury Lane shop door was 'Quality Perfect, Prices Lower,' a maxim that still holds true today.
Sainsbury's has always been known for its innovations- the company pioneered customer self-service at a time when most grocers kept their wares stored behind a high counter. Other successful ideas included staff wearing a crisp, white uniform and marble counters, white-tiled walls and mosaic-patterned floors, rather than the sawdust floors and basic décor of his competitors.
1922 saw the Sainsbury's establishment as a limited company; 'J. Sainsbury Ltd' and the confirmation that it was the UK's biggest grocery chain. John James Sainsbury passed away in 1928 and passed the baton onto his eldest son, John Benjamin Sainsbury. John James' final words to his son were 'Keep the shops well lit.' John Benjamin Sainsbury heeded his father's advice and in the 1930s and 40s, Sainsbury's continued to become more and more successful.
During the Second World War, many of the chain's young male workers were called up to fight for their country. This meant that women were needed to replace them. Many Sainsbury's stores were bombed and damaged, and rationing meant that it was a very difficult time for the company and its workers.
Despite wartime privations, Sainsbury's continued to innovate and develop its products and services. The first ever completely self-service shop in the UK was opened in Croydon in 1950. The era also saw an even greater concentration upon the development of its excellent-quality own-branded goods.
Today, Sainsbury's continues to be a dynamic and thriving business, with thousands of stores across the UK that vary in size from giant out of town supermarkets to smaller 'Sainsbury's Locals' that are normally located in town centres. Sainsbury's online is a popular and successful website that offers an enormous range of goods, with many exciting and tempting offers at any time.
Online grocery shopping delivery terms & conditions
Sainsbury's current grocery delivery service covers 88% of the UK mainland. Certain stores also provide the service in Northern Ireland. Your delivery will be dealt with via your nearest Sainsbury's store which is equipped with the necessary delivery facilities.
To qualify for home delivery, you must spend a minimum of £25. However, orders over £40 will be charged a delivery fee of between £2 and £6. Orders under £40 will be charged the maximum delivery fee of £6.95. As of 20th October 2014, Government regulations state that there will be a charge for plastic carrier bags. Sainsbury’s will use a flat rate of 40p for every online grocery order.
Opening Hours and Useful Contact Information
The sainsburys.co.uk website is available at all hours, and many of its stores are also open 24/7.
To find out about the opening times of your nearest Sainsbury's, visit this helpful webpage, which has the opening times and contact details of all Sainsbury's stores in the UK.
Company Registration Information
Sainsbury's Company Registration Number is: 185647 in England and Wales. VAT number: 660 4548 36.
Head Office Address
Sainsbury's Store Support Centre
020 7695 6000
020 7695 7610
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