Photo courtesy of Sainsbury's

Train passengers can grab fruits, veg and salads at Sainsbury’s Local at Coventry Station

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Travel through Coventry’s railway station and you may notice something unique and inviting. There is a Sainsbury’s Local on street level that abuts the main entrance.

The convenience-style supermarket, part of the newly renovated station, is meant to serve travelers on the go – which means that those who want a healthy snack or a quick, small meal can get one from 6am to 11pm daily.

“We’re delighted to have opened a fresh, modern store as part of the redevelopment of Coventry Station and Friargate,” said Patrick Dunne, Sainsbury’s Property Director. “Our station Local stores consistently prove a hit with customers, who appreciate being able to pop into Sainsbury’s whenever they are passing through, and I look forward to seeing our new Coventry Station store flourish.”

The Sainsbury’s Coventry Station Local features fruits and vegetables, own-brand salads, a juicing machine, fresh-baked rolls and pastries, coffees and a variety of “savoury snacks and sweets.” Sandwiches are freshly made for those seeking a more substantial bite to eat.

“It’s great to now be open for business in Coventry Station, serving and helping customers as they try out their brand new Sainsbury’s store,” Liam Roberts, Coventry Station Local Store Manager, said. “I’m really pleased with the response we’ve had from people so far. I’d like to thank everyone for being so welcoming, as well as my team who are doing a fantastic job and enabling us to get off to a flying start.”

The introduction of a small supermarket, which is smartly positioned for those too on the street who are just passing by, gives consumers a welcome option over smaller vendors or kiosks that cannot deliver the kind of volume needed to serve the masses. Sainsbury’s has a number of railway stores across the UK, including a new one at the Waterloo Station in London

“I’m really pleased to see this new store open, it will be a great asset for commuters and for local people,” Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change, said. “The new extension to the station has really made its mark and now there is good reason for everyone, not just train passengers, to pop in.”

To make it even more convenient, Sainsbury’s has added Mobile Pay and Smart Shop to allow costumers to get in and out of stores quickly without having to face long queues. Shoppers can combine Nectar into SmartShop accounts to get further discounts.



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