Sainsbury’s is closing 200 supermarket cafes today


Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is closing 200 of its cafes today. They include the cafes of its branches in Stoke, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Biddulph.

It comes just weeks after Sainsbury’s revealed it was keeping just 68 of its coffees in a major shake-up. Now signs have been put up in affected stores warning customers that cafes must close.

A notice in the Newcastle-under-Lyme store reads: “This cafe is closing permanently on April 22. We are working hard to serve you even better. We are therefore transforming our catering, takeaway and home delivery services. . To help us improve, we are permanently closing this cafe on April 22. Thank you for your understanding.”

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The closures come as Sainsbury’s plans to open 30 branches of The Restaurant Hubs and 30 Starbucks coffee shops in place of its cafes next year. It is hoped that every store will have one of these two services within the next three years.

Sainsbury’s Cafe in Stoke

Sainsbury’s chief executive Simon Roberts said: “We know customers love the convenience of being able to grab a drink, snack or meal while they shop – and they love the range of food and brands offered at The Restaurant Hub and Starbucks. Whether customers are shopping for food, Tu clothing, Habitat homewares or Argos, The Restaurant Hub’s offering also allows them to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner in-store – or take out. a hot meal at home.

“Through our trials with Boparan Restaurant Group and Starbucks, we have learned that we can provide customers with a much better dine-in and take-out dining experience by working with partners. We are totally focused on improving what we do. can offer our customers and at the same time, We are working hard to simplify our business.We are really excited about this new customer offering that we will be rolling out over the next two to three years in many of our stores.

The huge bay windows make it a bright and airy space.

Sainsbury’s cafes in its Leek and Nantwich stores survived today’s culling.

Boparan Restaurant Group General Manager, Satnam Lethal, said, “The Restaurant Hub allows customers to enjoy multiple brands by placing a single order with a single payment, which can all be enjoyed on the spot, or all delivered in a single payment. bag with only one delivery charge. It gives customers a choice that didn’t exist before and we’re thrilled to be the first in the market to have this experience with such amazing brands.

“Customers return week after week to the high quality food, exceptional service and unparalleled choice and we now look forward to rolling out our innovative food center concept across the country.”

Starbucks UK Managing Director, Alex Rayner, said: “We look forward to building on our existing relationship with Sainsbury’s to bring the safe and convenient Starbucks experience to more of their customers, and for our coffees to play an important role as a gathering place within the community.

“Covid-19 has accelerated customer trends towards convenience and as a result we have continued to increase investment in new digital formats and channels such as drive-thru, delivery, mobile ordering and payment. and our Starbucks Rewards loyalty program.”

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