Bells Stores Limited
IndustryConvenience shops
FounderLes Bell (Chairman)
HeadquartersHolborn, London, UK
Area served
North East England
ParentJ Sainsbury plc
WebsiteOfficial website

Bells Stores Ltd was a chain of 54 convenience shops in North East England. It was owned and run by the Bell family until February 2004, when it was acquired by Sainsbury's,[1][2][3] the UK's second largest supermarket chain. Shops were initially refurbished to trade as 'Sainsbury's at Bells',[4][5] but in May 2007 it was announced that the shops would be re-branded Sainsbury's Local by March 2008.[6][better source needed]

See also


  1. ^ "J Sainsbury plc announces acquisition of convenience store chain". J Sainsbury's. 18 February 2004. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Bells stores shock". gazettelive. 18 February 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Sainsbury's buys out Bells Stores". The Northern Echo. 18 February 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Bells name gets Sainsbury ring". Evening Standard. 29 April 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  5. ^ "It's a Sainsbury's with Bells on". The Grocer. 1 May 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  6. ^ Brown, Mike (18 January 2020). "Sainsbury's to close its two busy town centre 'Local' stores". gazettelive. Retrieved 11 May 2020.