Sainbury’s to close fish counters to free up staff over coronavirus crisis

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UK store will also be closing cafes as well as meat and pizza counters.

In a statement from its CEO Mike Coupe, the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s writes that from Thursday 19th March, it will be freeing up is warehouse and lorry capacity by removing its fresh fish counters.

“To help us get more essential items onto the shelves, from this Thursday 19th March, we will be closing our cafes and our meat, fish and pizza counters in supermarkets. This means we can free up warehouse and lorry capacity for products that customers really need. It will also free up time for our store colleagues to focus on keeping the shelves as well-stocked as possible,” wrote Coupe.

It also added that the store is operating an expanded ‘click and collect’ service.

“We are significantly increasing the number of collection sites across the country over the coming days in preparation for this. Customers can place their order online as usual and pick it up from a collection point in the store car park. We believe this will also work for people who are self-isolating,” added the CEO.