Sainsbury’s to close for revamp

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Derry’s Sainsbury’s store will close for one week at the beginning of November to allow for what’s been described by company management as a “major refit”.

For the majority of the refit period the Strand Road store will remain open. In a statement issued by the major grocery chain this week Derry customers were assured that only minimal disruption would be experienced by local customers over the refit period which has already begun.

Once complete, the store will have a new click and collect system which will bring the Sainsbury’s online offer to the North West for the first time.

Steven Pollock, Sainsbury’s Strand Road Store manager said: The facelift will see a complete modernisation of the interior of the store with hot and cold food-to-go, like pizza and cooked meats, available at the updated takeaway counter. The store will become more energy efficient with the installation of a biomass boiler and upgraded cold storage.

“We have started work on this exciting project which will see a fresh and modernised store at the end. Shoppers will see an improved offering right across the store and we are particularly excited to bring an online offer to the North West for the first time.”

“We are aiming to minimise disruption to customers during this period and colleagues in store will be able to provide shoppers with information about the different stages of the refurbishment throughout the period.”

“This is a substantial investment by Sainsbury’s in the North West which shows our continued commitment to provide customers in Northern Ireland with stores that are not only fantastic to shop in but also have a really wide range of food and non-food items.”

Sainsbury’s has 13 stores in Northern Ireland, employing more than 4,000 staff.