Many photographs, documents and objects have been generously donated to the Sainsbury Archive by its customers and former colleagues. Share your story or add a personal touch to our collection via the Memories section of the website.
Learn more about the family of Sainsbury's founder John James Sainsbury and his wife Mary Ann (née Staples).
The service we deliver to our customers has always been vital to our success. The company’s training programmes were greatly respected in the trade and other retailers advertised for ‘Sainsbury-trained men’.
The people that made Sainsbury's
We've come a long way since 1869, when husband and wife John James and Mary Ann Sainsbury opened their first store at 173 Drury Lane, Holborn. Find out about others that put their mark on Sainsbury's as we know it today.
Women at work
During the war women helped run stores for the first time. They went to a new training school set up specifically at Blackfriars.