March 25, 2020 / 6:38 PM / 4 days ago

Sainsbury's to close 12 convenience stores

Shoppers queue to enter a Sainsbury's supermarket, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in West London, Britain, March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - British supermarket group Sainsbury’s (SBRY.L) said on Wednesday it will temporarily close 12 convenience stores at locations experiencing extremely low shopper numbers during the coronavirus outbreak, such as at railway stations.

“These are stores that have seen significantly fewer customers in recent days as people are working from home,” said a Sainsbury’s spokeswoman.

“All colleagues will move to neighbouring stores until these stores re-open,” she added.

The group trades from over 600 supermarkets and about 800 convenience stores in Britain.

Reporting by James Davey, editing by Andy Bruce

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