Sainsbury’s expansion brings 64 new jobs to Derry

Sainsbury's, Strand Road. ''Mandatory Credit Lorcan Doherty Photography.
Sainsbury's, Strand Road. ''Mandatory Credit Lorcan Doherty Photography.

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is to create more than 60 new jobs at its Derry store.

The new posts - both permanant and temporary - coincide with a multimillion pound overhaul of its Strand Road and will bring the overall workforce in Derry to over 300.

Nigel Macaulay, Regional Operations Manager for Sainsbury’s said the company were delighted to be expanding in the city.

“We are delighted to be bringing additional employment to the north-west through our Strand Road store and indeed across Northern Ireland through our seasonal recruitment process.

“We have been listening to the needs of our customers in the northwest and it is fantastic to be able to now provide the Derry/Londonderry area with an online shopping service which will be launching on November 20 as well as an extended and upgraded store offering.”

Upgrade work at the Derry store is due to be completed in mid November and will require the supermarket to close for one week.

Sainsbury’s say the expansion will see a range of non food lines brought to Derry for the first time including a cookshop, stationery, toys, small domestic appliances, textiles and ladies clothing.

Steven Pollock, Sainsbury’s Strand Road store manager said the store will close from November 5-12.

“We have been working hard to ensure that the on-going work will be carried out with minimum disruption for customers. We are doing the vast majority of the work while the store is still open but we will have a one week closure next week from November 5-12 to finalise the process.

“We are looking forward to working in an exciting, new store with a much more extensive offering and launching our new online delivery service, something we are sure will be welcomed by customers,” he said.