Sainsbury’s said branches will close in April as part of a transformation plan with coffee chain Starbucks. It also means that hot food counters in 34 branches will be removed
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Sainsbury’s is set to close 200 of its in-store cafes, putting around 2,000 workers at risk of redundancy.
The supermarket chain also announced plans to close hot food counters in 34 stores and “simplify” its bakery counters in 54 stores.
Chief executive Simon Roberts said the channel was “absolutely committed” to supporting affected staff members.
The chain said around 2,000 colleagues were informed today of their 30-day consultation period.
Affected colleagues will be given priority for vacancies in Sainsbury’s stores and will be encouraged to explore alternative roles within the wider business.
Around 67 Sainsbury’s cafes will remain open as Sainsbury’s Advisors roll out their plans.
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The measures are part of a wider transformation of the Big Four grocer’s food hub, which will see it transform its dine-in, takeaway and home delivery offerings across 250 stores.
The new concept, named The Restaurant Hub, is already underway at its Selly Oak store in Birmingham.
This includes closing cafes and replacing them with chains such as Starbucks and Gourmet Burger Kitchen.
Around 30 Starbucks coffees will open in stores over the next year, bringing the total number of Starbucks in Sainsbury’s supermarkets to 60.
Simon Roberts, CEO of Sainsbury’s, said: “We are totally focused on improving what we can offer our customers and at the same time we are working hard to simplify our business.
“As we go through this transition period, we have made the difficult decision to close 200 of our cafes next month.
“We have spoken to all colleagues affected by these changes today and we are absolutely committed to supporting them in any way we can during this uncertain time. Of course, we understand that this is very troubling for our colleagues, but we must continue to adapt our business to ensure that we provide customers with the best possible food and drink at affordable prices.”
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Sainsbury’s already cut 1,150 jobs as part of a restructuring last March.
The move affected 500 workers in business operations, human resources, supply chain and logistics, technology, general merchandise and apparel functions.
The chain’s headquarters in Holburn, central London, has also seen its space reduced by two floors.
The restriction also included the closure of its online fulfillment center in Bromley-by-Bow, east London, affecting a further 650 positions.
The Big 4 grocer said the move was to free up cash to reinvest in a new “Food First” strategy.
“Our new plan puts food first and will create a simpler, more agile and more efficient business,” said Sainsbury’s chief executive Roberts.
“The money we save will allow us to invest in what really matters to customers: lower prices, exciting new products and the most convenient ways to shop.
“I know change is hard, but to do the best job possible for our customers, it’s essential that we adapt.