Steve recently paid a visit to Sainsburys Selly Oak Superstore to see the new building, meet dedicated staff and to discuss community issues.
The new Superstore includes a range of different sections including an integrated Argos, Habitat and a food market. Steve was pleased to discover that every employee from the old store moved over to the new store and that 100 of their new employees live within a 3-mile radius to the store. The store is also working to tackle long-term unemployment as they now recruit directly from the JobCentre.
Sainsbury’s has endeavored to do more for the community in Selly Oak. Sainsbury’s has a total of 1,300 local charity partnerships and they provide staff with a range of local volunteering opportunities.
The new Sainsbury’s has also started a new initiative called ‘Talking Tables’ in the café where customers can engage with other customers who may be experiencing loneliness.
The Selly Oak Sainsbury’s store was also featured in Retail Weeks Top 7 best new stores in 2018.
“It was great to visit the new Sainsbury’s Selly Oak store recently. It interesting to hear about their local projects spreading a positive message within the community, like their ‘Talking Tables’ initiative which seeks to tackle loneliness by encouraging customers to sit and chat with whoever is at the tables in their café. It was a pleasure to talk to employees about their experiences, especially those that faced long term unemployment before joining Sainsbury’s.”