Sir Peter Davis, the new chairman of Sainsbury's, took time out this week to open the newly refurbished store at London Colney in St Albans. The store is confirmation Sainsbury's has finally ditched the SavaCentre name (The Grocer Nov 6 1999, p6). The superstore now operates under the normal Sainsbury's fascia, although Warren Scarr, senior manager of the large stores format, admitted it will take some time for local shoppers to forget the SavaCentre name. The nine week closure has seen the store entirely revamped. It has been reduced in size from 120,000 sq ft to 85,000 sq ft, but a major concession has been sold to Marks & Spencer, due to open its own 100,000 sq ft store alongside in October. A new 1,800 sq ft Sainsbury's petrol forecourt station is also due to be opened on the approach road. The new store has food as its core, but is the pioneer in the "store within a store" concept. Non food lines flank the walls.They include Adams clothing, personal banking, a pharmacy and concessions including Going Places, Starbucks, Minite Solutions and Carphone Warehouse. Colney is the first Sainsbury store to trial a Wellbeing section with a range of organic products. The Colney store is only the second Savacentre to be converted out of the 13 superstores operated by Sainsbury's. No time frame has been given for the conversion of the remaining stores. {{NEWS }}