J Sainsbury Plc is one of the leading companies with chains of stores and supermarkets across the United Kingdom. The holding company, J Sainsbury plc, is divided into three divisions: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd (including convenience shops), Sainsbury's Bank and Sainsbury's Argos. The company has more than 800 convenience stores and 600 supermarkets under the brand name of Sainsbury. The group also has online presence and in-store distribution activities for stuff like clothes and apparels, general merchandise, and home goods. The company has more than 880 stores under the brand name of Argos and operates about 16 stores under the brand name of Habitat. The company also has banking services that includes credit cards, insurance products, personal loans. The company has its head office at Sainsbury's Support Centre in Holborn Circus, City of London.
Sainsbury has strong brands like Bells, Jacksons, and Beaumont in its portfolio. To expand its convenience portfolio, Sainsbury acquired Bell's Stores, Jackson's Stores, JB Beaumont and SL Shaw Ltd. The company has launched internet shopping services under the Sainsbury's Online brand. To use this service, the customers can order their groceries online or by phone, after giving a "phone order" fee. The company offers attractive offers in the form of gift cards, gift vouchers, and food tokens through the Sainsbury's Gift Cards and Sainsbury's Business Direct transactional websites so that the customers can buy things with credit or gift value.
Besides, the company operates more than 250 pharmacies through its supermarkets and at three major hospitals: Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital, and James Cook University Hospital.
The company was founded in 1869 by John James Sainsbury who started off with a shop in Drury Lane in London. Within a few years, the company expanded multifold and became the largest retailer for groceries in 1922. In 1995, Tesco acquired Sainsbury's to become the market leader. The company was at the third place until January 2014 after which it scaled back to the second place. In April 2019, the company got merged with Asda and was at the third position again.
Meanwhile, the company has announced its commitment to be net zero emissions by 2040 and robust plans to invest £1 billion in the next 20 years to counter climate change.
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