01:46 PM March 2, 2022
A major supermarket chain is to stop serving food and drink at its branded cafes in Hertfordshire.
Sainsbury’s is closing 200 of its cafes, which is expected to impact 2,000 jobs.
None of the cafes in Hertfordshire are on the company’s list of 67 branches that will remain open.
The Hertfordshire cafes due to close are:
- Stevenage Coreys Factory
- Garden City of Welwyn
- London Colney
- Hemel Hempstead Apsley Mills
- Bishop’s Stortford.
Hot food counters will close on 34 of the brand’s quieter floors, while 54 bakeries will be “simplified”.
Closures will hit in spring this year.
Instead of own-brand coffees, Sainsbury’s wants to launch 30 The Restaurant Hub branches.
The company tested its new The Restaurant Hub format in a store in Birmingham.
It serves dine-in, take-out and home delivery from brands such as Carluccio’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Ed’s Diner and Slim Chickens.
There will also be 30 new Starbucks Coffee outlets in-store.
The company did not specify where these new branches will be built.
Simon Roberts, CEO of Sainsbury’s, said: “Whether customers are buying food, Tu clothing, Habitat homeware or Argos, the Restaurant Hub offering means they can also have breakfast, lunch or dinner in the store – or have a hot meal at home with them.”
He added: “As we go through this transition period, we have made the difficult decision to close 200 of our cafes next month.
“We have spoken today to all colleagues affected by these changes and are absolutely committed to supporting them in any way we can during this uncertain time.”
Boparan Restaurant Group – which owns brands such as Ed’s Easy Diner and Carluccio’s – will help roll out new The Restaurant Hub branches.
Satnam Leihal, CEO of Boparan, said, “The Restaurant Hub allows customers to enjoy multiple brands by placing a single order with a single payment, which can all be enjoyed on the spot, or all delivered in one bag with a single payment. shipping cost.
“It gives customers a choice that didn’t exist before and we’re thrilled to be the first in the market to have this experience with such amazing brands.”
Sainsbury’s has said its staff affected by the closures will be given priority for vacancies.