In the UK, Sainsbury’s is to sell 36 Bells and Jackson’s stores sites – sites that are deemed unsuitable for the ‘local’ format.
Dipo Oyewole, owner of Firebrand Media who run a large digital screen network based on the local stores told us that “the stores for sale do include some of our existing sites, and we’re in the process of agreeing replacement sites within the Sainsbury’s Convenience portofolio” – that’s good news for Firebrand Media – we understand that Sainsbury’s are very happy with the solution offered to date.
The supermarket bought the chain Bells Stores for UK PDS 22 million in 2004, followed by the acquisition of the 114-store chain Jackson’s Stores.
The stores will be put on the market as going concerns, those affected are in Thornaby in Teesside; Middlesbrough, Great Ayton and New Marske in Yorkshire; Yarm, Wynyard, Stockton and Guisborough in Cleveland; and Hartlepool, Darlington, Newton Aycliffe and Peterlee in County Durham.
Firebrand Media use Scala.