Sainsbury’s has announced plans to sell vinyl records for the first time since the 1980s.
From Monday (March 21), the supermarket chain will stock a limited range of LPs by artists including David Bowie, The Beatles, Nirvana and Adele in 171 of its stores across the UK. Straight away, Sainsbury’s will have more outlets selling vinyl records than any other UK retailer.
Prices for Sainsbury’s vinyl range, which also includes classic LPs by Amy Winehouse, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, will begin at £12. The chain will also offer a Crosley Cruiser Turntable at a price of £80.
The chain’s music buyer Sean Cowland told MusicWeek: “The diverse nature of CD sales at Sainsbury’s – from bestselling chart lines to more specialist catalogue – has given us the confidence that our customers not only choose us as a destination for New Release albums but are also open to recommendation and discovery in store. The vinyl offer reflects this.”
According to Sainsbury’s, Adele’s ’25’ album has sold more than 300,000 CDs in its stores since it was released in November.
The return of vinyl to Sainsbury’s shelves is another milestone in the format’s ongoing resurgence. Tesco became the first UK supermarket chain to reintroduce LPs to its stores last year.