The first ever Sainsbury’s shop


Sainsbury’s is celebrating its anniversary this week, having been in business for a century and a half. The Queen will be helping the brand celebrate, and will be tucking into a cake made by Harry and Meghan’s wedding baker Claire Ptak. She will be visiting a replica store looking through the history of the shop in Covent Garden, meeting staff and experiencing Sainsbury’s through the ages. The shop has been in business since long before her reign, so she’ll be able to see how it’s changed over the monarchy, including their part in rationing and self service shopping. As part of the celebrations, some lucky shoppers in Greater London will find that their groceries will be delivered by a horse and cart today, so keep an eye out.

When did Sainsbury’s first open?

Sainsbury’s first opened this week in 1869 – 150 years ago. In the time it’s been open, there have been six monarchs, 26 prime ministers, two world wars, and 11 chief executives.


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