On 7 April, local MP Stephen Timms paid a visit to East Ham High Street's 'new look' Sainsbury's Store. A £2 million refurbishment of the store was completed just over six weeks ago. The fresh faced shop front is matched with a sparkling interior which includes a new layout, increased space for fruit and veg, and a brand new bakery. The refurbished store has also introduced a greater selection of world cuisine, to cater to East Ham's increasingly cosmopolitan tastes.
The shop floor is not the only part of the store to be refitted. The Staff canteen is now bigger and brighter, and a prayer room has been provided for staff use.
After visiting the store, Stephen Timms said "After over 30 years at the heart of East Ham's shopping centre, it is good to see Sainsbury's making this major new investment - the biggest investment since the store opened in the early 1970s. This is a thriving store and it is good to see Sainsbury's making the commitment to ensure it stays that way."
Stephen Timms met with store Manager, Barry O'Leary, and Erica Zimmer from Sainsbury's HQ, and was given a tour of the new shop floor, the back shop and the shop's staff facilities.