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In June , Sainsbury's acquired the rest of the company with the intention of creating a high-quality regional food retailing business based on the same principles as the UK-based operation. With the advent of out of town shopping complexes during the s, Sainsbury's was one of the many big retail names to open new shops in such complexes — notably with its shop at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre , Sheffield originally as a SavaCentre in , which was converted into a regular Sainsbury shop in , and was closed in  and the Merry Hill Shopping Centre at Brierley Hill in the West Midlands part of an Enterprise Zone , which opened in September Sainsbury's expanded its operation into Scotland with a shop in Darnley , which opened in January , the SavaCentre at Cameron Toll in Edinburgh had opened in In June , Sainsbury's announced its intention to move into the Northern Ireland market, until that point dominated by local companies.
Between December and December , the company opened seven shops. Two others at Sprucefield , Lisburn, and Holywood Exchange , Belfast would not open until , due to protracted legal challenges. While Sainsbury's outlets were all new developments, Tesco apart from one Tesco Metro instead purchased existing chains from Associated British Foods see Tesco Ireland.
In , the long time CEO John Davan Sainsbury retired, and was succeeded as chairman and chief executive by his cousin, David Sainsbury later Lord Sainsbury of Turville ; this brought about a change in management style — David was more consensual and less hierarchical but not in strategy or in corporate beliefs about the company's place in the market. Mistakes by David Sainsbury and his successors, Dino Adriano and Peter Davis , included the rejection of loyalty cards, the reluctance to move into non-food retailing, the indecision between whether to go quality or for value, "the sometimes brutal treatment of suppliers" which led to suppliers favouring Tesco over Sainsbury's and the unsuccessful John Cleese advertising campaign.
At the end of , it announced price cuts on three hundred of its most popular own label lines. Significantly, this came three months after Tesco had launched its line Tesco Value. In , Sainsbury's announced a new town centre format, Sainsbury's Central, again a response to Tesco's Metro, which was already established in five locations. For much of the 20th century, Sainsbury's had been the market leader in the supermarket sector in the United Kingdom, but in , it lost its place as the country's largest retailer of groceries to Tesco.
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In addition to Shaw's, Sainsbury's bought a minority stake in another supermarket group, Giant Food, based in Washington, DC ,  although this shareholding was subsequently sold when Ahold of the Netherlands made a full bid for the company. An arrangement in late with Supermarket Direct made Sainsbury's the first major groceries retailer in the UK to offer a home delivery service. In May , the company reported its first fall in profits for 22 years. David Sainsbury announced management changes, involving the appointment of two chief executives, one in charge of supermarkets within the United Kingdom Dino Adriano and the other responsible for Homebase, and the United States David Bremner.
Finally, in , David Sainsbury himself resigned from the company to pursue a career in politics. The strapline was dropped in May , and replaced in September of that year by "Try something new today. While the Interstate font was used almost exclusively for many years, the company introduced another informal font in , which is used in a wide range of advertising and literature.
In , Sainsbury's acquired an However, poor profitability led to the sale of this share in April David Bremner became head of the supermarkets in the United Kingdom. This was "derided" by the city  and described as a "fudge". Between —, Sir Peter Davis was chief executive of Sainsbury's. Davis' appointment was well received by investors and analysts. In his first two years, he exceeded profit targets, although by the group had suffered a decline in performance relative to its competitors and was demoted to third in the groceries market within the United Kingdom.
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In , Sainsbury's moved into its current headquarters at Holborn, London. Sainsbury's previously occupied Stamford House and twelve other buildings around Southwark. However the accounting department remained separate at Streatham. The building was designed by architectural firm Foster and Partners , and had been developed on the former Mirror Group site for Andersen Consulting now Accenture , however, Sainsbury's acquired the year lease when Accenture pulled out.
Sainsbury's is a founding member of the Nectar loyalty card scheme, which was launched in September , in conjunction with Debenhams , Barclaycard and BP ; Debenhams and Barclaycard have subsequently both left the scheme. The Nectar scheme replaced the Sainsbury's Reward Card; accrued points were transferred over.
In January , Wm Morrison Supermarkets trading as Morrisons made an offer for the Safeway group, prompting a bidding war between the major supermarkets. The Trade and Industry Secretary, Patricia Hewitt , referred the various bids to the Competition Commission which reported its findings on 26 September.
The Commission found that all bids, with the exception of Morrison's, would "operate against the public interest". As part of the approval Morrison's was to dispose of fifty three of the combined group's shops. In May , Sainsbury's announced that it would acquire fourteen of these shops, thirteen Safeway shops and one Morrison's outlet, located primarily in the Midlands and the North of England. King joined Sainsbury's in from Marks and Spencer plc where he was a director with responsibility for its food division and Kings Super Markets, Inc.
In June , Davis was forced to quit in the face of an impending shareholder revolt, over his salary and bonuses. On 19 July , Davis' replacement, Philip Hampton, was appointed as chairman.
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This reaffirmed the commentary of retail analysts — the group was not ensuring that shelves are fully stocked, this due to the failure of the IT systems introduced by Peter Davis. On 19 October , King unveiled the results of the business review and his plans to revive the company's fortunes — in a three-year recovery plan entitled 'Making Sainsbury's Great Again'. This was generally well received by both the stock market and the media. Immediate plans included laying off over headquarters staff, and the recruitment of around 3, shop floor staff, to improve the quality of service and the firm's main problem: stock availability.
Another significant announcement was the halving of the dividend to increase funds available for price cuts and quality. King hired Lawrence Christensen as supply chain director in Previously he was an expert in logistics at Safeway , but left following its takeover by Morrisons.
Immediate supply chain improvements included the reactivation of two distribution centres. At the time of the business review on 19 October , referring to the availability problems, Justin King said "Lawrence hadn't seen anything that he hadn't seen before. He just hadn't seen them all in the same place at the same time". In , Christensen commented on the four automated depots introduced by Davis, saying "not a single day went by without one, if not all of them, breaking down The systems were flawed. They have to stop for four hours every day for maintenance.
But because they were constantly breaking down you would be playing catch up. It was a vicious circle. Sainsbury's sold its subsidiary in America, Shaw's , to Albertsons in March Bell's Stores , a chain of fifty-four shops based in North East England , was acquired in February Since the launch of King's recovery programme, the company has reported nineteen consecutive quarters of sales growth, most recently in October On 6 March , with a formal bid yet to be tabled, the Takeover Panel issued a bid deadline of 13 April.
Lord Sainsbury of Turville, who then held 7. He believed any offer at that stage of Sainsbury's recovery was likely to undervalue the business,  and with private equity seeking high returns on their investments, saw no reason to sell, given that the current management, led by Justin King, could deliver the extra profit generated for the benefit of existing investors.
He claimed the bid 'brought nothing to the business', and that high levels of debt would significantly weaken the company and its competitive position in the long term, which would have an adverse effect on Sainsbury's stakeholders. In May , Sainsbury's identified five areas of growth: Growth of non-food ranges; opening of new convenience shops and growth of online home delivery and banking operations; Expansion of supermarket space through new shops and development of the company's "largely underdeveloped shop portfolio"; and "active property management".
Their interest in Sainsbury's is thought to centre on its property portfolio. The family had reservations about the price of the bid. They were also concerned about the proposed structure, which involved splitting the business into an operating company and a highly leveraged property company. They were additionally concerned about adequacy of funding, both for the bid and for the company's pension scheme. The new office will be part of a new complex, to allow for both cost savings and energy efficiency.
These savings will be made through the use of efficient building materials and design, a combined heat and power energy centre and the use of renewable energy sources. In January , Sainsbury's brought its number of its supermarkets in Northern Ireland to eleven, with the purchase of two Curley's Supermarkets in Dungannon and Belfast, which includes those shops' petrol stations and off licences.
In November , Sainsbury's centralised its HR department, relocating to the seventeenth and eighteenth floors of the Manchester Arndale Centre to form a Shared Service Centre, which was initially trialled to deal with Recruitment in Scotland and was later rolled out to the whole country. Since April , the centre has begun a gradual relocation to its new offices in the centre of Lincoln, along with a rebrand and partial relaunch as Sainsbury's HR Services.
Further re organisation has seen central finance operations move from the Holborn Head Office to Manchester , and property division move to Ansty Park in Coventry. Most of the remaining Holborn operations are likely to move to Coventry in due course, as Sainsbury's looks to reduce costs by moving out of Central London.
In March , Sainsbury's reached an agreement to buy 24 shops from The Co-operative Group , 22 of which were Somerfield shops, which the group were required to sell as a condition of their takeover of Somerfield. Under the deal, Sainsbury's sold Paralympic merchandise and became involved in high-profile events, such as the torch relay.
It became one of only two sponsors able to take advantage of the limited branding allowed within the Games.
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The promotional rights did not extend to the Olympics. On 30 November , Sainsbury's reached the first milestone in its Vision for , by opening its thousandth self-service shop in Irvine , Scotland. In July , the company began powering one of its shops by converting food waste into bio methane gas to generate electricity. The group became the first retailer to come off the National Grid by its own means. Arcus won the initial contract in , and saw the contract extended in Once the deal was complete the J Sainsbury's group was split into its three new divisions of Sainsbury's, Sainsbury's Bank and Sainsbury's Argos including Habitat.
Throughout and Sainsbury's pursued expansion of its multi-channel strategy, increasing the number of groceries Click and Collect points and online fulfilment locations to serve its online delivery network including opening a dark store in Bromley by Bow to serve the London area, increasing geographical coverage of its same-day groceries delivery network and integrating concessions into its shops such as Argos, Habitat, Timpson's and Starbucks.
In March jobs were cut and jobs were re-organized, mainly affecting employees in nightshift and commercial operation cash office and price control roles.
In August jobs were cut throughout all of its Head Office and support centres, affecting a variety of functions. In October changes to security contracts meant that provider Mitie reduced the number of security officers within shops. In January Sainsbury's announced proposals to overhaul shop management structures which would result in job losses 'in the thousands'. On 1 February announced the purchase of Nectar from Aimia.
Sainsbury's was one of the co-founders of the scheme and was the most prominent participant of the scheme. Aimia employees working on Nectar will become Sainsbury's employees but the team will remain a separate structure away from Sainsbury's. In March Sainsbury's announced that it would be increasing the base rate of pay for its staff to retain the best workers.
In April , Sainsbury's entered talks with Walmart about a proposed merger with Asda , which could form the largest UK supermarket company. The group would also open branches of Argos within Asda shops. In May Sainsbury's shop portfolio was as follows. It is particularly strong in London and the South-East, where it is based, and has powerful positions within many UK cities.
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The company acquired the Midlands-based Thoroughgood in the s. Expansion since has given the company national reach, although the chain is not as well-represented in Scotland as Tesco, and Morrisons as Safeway dominated Scotland before being taken over by them. This is partly due to Sainsbury's having lost out to Tesco in the bidding war for William Low in the s.