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STORIES HIGHLIGHTS

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STORIES HIGHLIGHTS

Working Lives

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Store design

From the 1890s onwards, Sainsbury's new shops shared a common 'house style' with long shape, tiled walls and marble-topped counters.

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Changes to the high street

The market streets were the ideal location to trade from and the surrounding businesses complimented the sale of Sainsbury’s goods.

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Christmas Display

In the weeks before Christmas, the old-style counter service branches would have window displays of seasonal products like mincemeat, Christmas puds and dried fruit. Poultry and ham displays at Sainsbury’s were famous. Enjoy this festive read from everyone at the Sainsbury archive.

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Store Highlight: 173 Drury Lane

A description of what it was like to shop in Sainsbury's first branch and the changes it went through before closing its doors for the last time in 1958

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Store Highlight: Croydon

Description of first suburban shop in Croydon and all the amazing innovations it went through over the years.

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Art at Sainsbury's

Many branches have included public artworks as a prominent feature in their design, from murals and mosaics to concrete hippos. Discover more and see images of them here.

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Store Highlight: Guildford

On 16th November 1906, Sainsbury's opened its store at 148 Guildford High Street.

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The Story of Savacentre

A look back at a chain of pioneering hypermarkets which sold Sainsbury’s food and much more besides.

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Sainsbury's in SE1

A look back to Sainsbury's headquarters, factory and training school in SE1.