Sainsbury’s will expel 200 cafes and ‘simplify’ 54 bakeries – affecting 2,000 jobs

Sainsbury’s said branches will close in April under a planned transformation with coffee chain Starbucks. It also means that the hot food stalls in 34 branches will be malfunctioning

An employee moves a shopping cart in front of Sainsbury's in London

Sainsbury’s plans to close 200 of its in-store cafes, putting around 2,000 workers at risk of a redundancy.

The supermarket chain has also announced plans to close hot food stalls at 34 stores and ‘simplify’ its bakery counters in 54 stores.

CEO Simon Roberts said the chain was “absolutely committed” to supporting members of staff affected.

The chain said today about 2,000 colleagues were notified of their 30-day consultation period.

Affected colleagues will be prioritized for vacant roles within Sainsbury’s stores and will be encouraged to explore alternative roles within the broader business sector.

About 67 Sainsbury’s cafes will remain open while Sainsbury’s reviews plan to do so.

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The chain is also re-evaluating its bakery setup


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The measures are part of a broader transformation of the Big Four’s food hub, which will see it transform food, takeout and home delivery services within 250 stores.

That includes closing cafes and replacing them with chains like Starbucks and Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

About 30 Starbucks coffee shops will open in stores next year, bringing the total number of Starbucks stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets to 60.

Simon Roberts, CEO of Sainsbury’s, said: “We are fully focused on improving what we can offer our customers and, at the same time, working hard to make our business work. We make it simpler.

“While going through this transition, we have made the difficult decision to close 200 cafes next month.

“We spoke to all of our colleagues affected by these changes today and are absolutely committed to supporting them in any way we can during this uncertain time. Of course, we understand this is worrisome for our colleagues, but we must continue to adjust our business to ensure the best food and drink for our customers. possible at an affordable price. ”

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