Below is a series of photos showing the development of Sainsbury's in Crouch End.
The store opened at the end of the nineteenth century and ran until 1971. As the pictures show, the shop did grow and develop through the years. But when it closed in 1971, it was one of the vanishingly small number of grocery stores still operating as a counter service shop. It never made the step to supermarket.
There was a special link between the Sainsbury family and Crouch End. From the last decade of the nineteenth century until the middle of the next one, the son of the founder of Sainsbury's, and its second chairman, lived in Crouch End. John Benjamin Sainsbury and his wife Mabel lived at 14 Avenue Road (Pitlochrie), Crouch End. By 1911, they had moved to 33 Eaton Road Hampstead.
My thanks to Sainsbury's archives for all but the first and last photos. My thanks to Ken Stevens for putting me on the trail of the others.
Wonderful photos Hugh. Good bit of local history.