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Sainsbury’s plans to open 75 new Local convenience stores over the next three years as part of its Next Level Sainsbury’s strategy update.

As well as the plans to expand its Local format estate, it said it will look to “allocate more space to food on the move ranges, the primary mission of most customer visits”.

The retailer’s overall strategy looks to “tighten the focus” of general merchandise and clothing ranges in stores, and enhance its fresh food offering.

Chief executive of J Sainsbury plc Simon Roberts said: “We’re going to build on what’s driven our success since 2020. We’re determined to be First Choice for Food, ensuring more customers in more of our stores can enjoy more brilliant Sainsbury’s food. That means more space for our food offer, while still delivering the general merchandise products customers want from us. That way, not only will we find more ways to delight new and existing customers, we will also continue growing volume market share.”

It also hopes to “build further on the strength of our supermarket locations and customer traffic, investing further in our Smart Charge ultra-rapid EV charging network to increase our network of reliable ultra-rapid charging bays to more than 100 stores by the end of FY 2024/25”.