|Type||Public limited company|
|Founded||1869Holborn, London, United Kingdomin|
|Founder||John James Sainsbury|
|Headquarters||London, England, UK|
Number of locations
|1,428 shops (March 2019)|
|Lord Sainsbury (Life President)|
Martin Scicluna (Chairman)
Simon Roberts (CEO)
|Products||Hypermarket/Superstore, supermarket, convenience shop, forecourt shop|
|Revenue||£28.993 billion (2020)|
|£986 million (2020)|
|£152 million (2020)|
Number of employees
Founded in 1869 by John James Sainsbury with a shop in Drury Lane, London, the company became the largest retailer of groceries in 1922. In 1995, Tesco overtook Sainsbury's to become the market leader, which has since been ranked second or third, being overtaken by Asda from 2003 to 2014, and again in 2019. In 2018, a planned merger with Asda was blocked by the Competition and Markets Authority over concerns of increased prices for consumers.
The holding company, J Sainsbury plc, is split into three divisions: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd (including convenience shops), Sainsbury's Bank, and Argos. As of 2021, the largest overall shareholder is the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar, the Qatar Investment Authority, which holds 14.99% of the company. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.