Sainbury’s to cut all fish counters – 3000 jobs lost across stores

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Major retailer closes delicatessens and fresh fish and meat counters.

The Times reports that Sainsbury’s is to slash 3,000 jobs on Friday as part of its efforts to “better reflect customer demand” which has mainly turned online.

The news comes on the first day of a month-long second national lockdown in England. The jobs will be lost in its Argos business which it acquired in 2016, as well as from the closure of delicatessens and fresh fish and meat counters. Sainsbury’s employs more than 170,000 people in Britain.

Announced in its latest results for the 28 weeks ended 19th September on Thursday, Sainsbury’s wrote that a surge in food sales during the pandemic helped its grocery sales rise up by 8.2 per-cent. Groceries online sales were up 102 per-cent. And almost 40 per-cent of the supermarket’s sales are now online, compared to 19 per-cent a year ago.

Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Simon Roberts said: “Investments over recent years in digital and technology have laid the foundations for us to flex and adapt quickly as customers needed to shop differently.”