A major refurbishment has brought an extended range of goods at a town centre store.
The improvements at Sainsbury’s in St Annes, thought to have cost well into the hundreds of thousands of pounds, represent the biggest overhaul at the St Andrew’s Road North premises since the store opened in June 2004.
Among the new features are a wider array of non-food goods along two aisles, while a new vestibule entrance has been created and the customer service counter switched around 90 degrees to provide more space.
The work took some three weeks and the store remained open throughout that time.
“We are thrilled at the improvements and the feedback from customers has been very positive indeed,” said store manager David Grayson.
“Although the store is actually no bigger than it was, the overwhelming impression is that there is much more space and that has allowed us to increase the amount of non-food goods on display.
“We also have a fresh pizza counter for the first time and have made adjustments to the entrance so that it is a lot more sheltered while the customer service section is separate from the kiosk operation.
“It is our 10th anniversary in St Annes later this year and this is a great way to mark such a special landmark.”
The St Annes store, which employs some 120 staff – known as ‘colleagues’ – took over the former Safeway site adjacent to St Annes railway station after Safeway’s acquisition by Morrison’s, and the subsequent ruling by the Monopolies Commission that Morrison’s had to sell off a number of its premises within a certain proximity of its other stores.
Sainsbury’s extended its opening hours some two years ago to 10pm on weekdays and has since also opened a Sainsbury’s Local store in Lytham.