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Sainsbury's store numbers in the United Kingdom (UK) 2009-2020, by store type

As of March 7, 2020, there were 1,415 Sainsbury's grocery stores in the UK, 807 of which were convenience stores. The rest of the stores were supermarkets. The growth for both categories has slowed down in the previous years. Supermarket numbers stagnated compared to the previous financial year and only five new convenience stores opened during the same time.

Sainsbury's in profile

Headquartered in London, Sainsbury's is the second largest supermarket in the United Kingdom and one of the 'big four' grocery retailers alongside Tesco, Morrisons and Asda. Founded by John James Sainsbury in 1869 with a shop on Drury Lane, London, Sainsbury's was the largest grocery retailer until 1995, at which point Tesco overtook it to become the market leader. The holding company J Sainsbury plc is split into three divisions: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd, Sainsbury's Bank and Sainsbury's Argos.

Pressure from the German discounters

Along with the other major grocery retailers in the UK, Sainsbury's have been hard hit by the market entry and popularity of discounters, resulting in the ongoing supermarket 'price wars'. Aldi and Lidl are both still experiencing continuous sales growth. If the trend of the previous year’s continue, as seems likely, pressure on Sainsbury’s will rise even further.

Number of Sainsbury's stores in the United Kingdom (UK) from March 2009 to March 2020, by convenience and supermarket types

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Release date

May 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 21, 2009 to March 7, 2020

Supplementary notes

Data from 2009 to 2018 is taken from previous year reports.

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