October 13, 1990. After many years of speculation, Sainsbury announced this week that it is to open a number of stores in Scotland. It now has a national distribution network in place and JS will probably need no more than about 12 to 15 superstores to cover the region with a massive presence. In two years it made great inroads into the North-East with just four openings. The Grocer understands that the company has a battery of planning applications awaiting decisions in the main trading areas, and there seems no reason why the speed of approvals should be any slower than in England. {{COUNTERPOINT }}