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Last Updated: Monday, 2 June, 2003, 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK
Sainsbury's creates garage store chain
The stores will create 2000 jobs
Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is creating 100 new convenience stores at Shell petrol stations.

The shops will open over the next three years, leading to the creation of up to 2000 jobs, the retailer said.

The first of the stores is due to open in the autumn, following a successful trial at six garages in south east England.

Sainsbury's has not yet given details of where the stores will be created.

Chief executive Sir Peter Davis said: "We believe our convenience store offer is the best in the UK and by working with Shell we can bring Sainsbury's quality, convenience food shopping into new areas of the UK."

The new stores will be based on the existing "Sainsbury Local" outlets, but will also sell car care products and motor accessories.

Rival challenge

Sainsbury's recently announced the creation of 10,000 jobs in an initiative designed to cut waiting times at its checkouts.

Last month, the chain revealed profits before tax increased by 17% to 667m ($1.1bn) in the last year, but sales in stores open more than a year rose by only 2.3%.

Sainsbury's has said it was planning to extend its cost-cutting programme as it tries to catch up with rival and market leader Tesco.

Tesco recently announced it was converting 450 of the 870 T&S stores it bought last year into Tesco Express convenience stores.

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