Over the last 149 years the way we shop for food has changed dramatically, reflecting other social changes. Since its establishment in 1869, Sainsbury’s has adapted to meet the changing needs of its customers.
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
Store Highlight: Croydon
Description of first suburban shop in Croydon and all the amazing innovations it went through over the years.
A History of Innovation
Sainsbury’s has always had a flair for innovation, right from the day the first store opened.
A Brief History of Wine
Sainsbury’s began selling own-brand wines in the 1960s. Enjoy a few digitised items from our collection charting the rise of this important department.
Egg-xamine archive material showing how Easter at Sainsbury’s has changed over the last hundred years.
Nowadays Sainsbury’s sells lots of non-food products but for much of its history it focussed almost exclusively on groceries. The earliest exceptions were 'household goods', an offering which has changed significantly over time.