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Tesco is competing with itself having stores in our town branded Tesco Express, Londis, Premier and One Stop Shop. The interior style of the brands is a little different, but the opportunities for Tesco to offer poorer value in these ‘local’ shops is very apparent – read on . . . .
Wikipedia states: "Britain’s biggest supermarket uses its chain of 639 One Stop convenience shops – which many customers do not realise it owns – to charge up to 14 per cent more for goods than it does in Tesco-branded shops."
Tesco has massive buying power and is very able to provide everyday and essential items at comparable prices through all its store brands and in all its outlets. Is this not opportunism and the 'greed' culture at its worst?
Tesco has bought 'The Booker group' for £4 billions. In a piece from The Guardian, “Tesco’s takeover of Booker has created a new powerhouse in Britain’s £200bn-a-year food market.
Booker is a grocery wholesaler supplying 125,000 independent convenience stores as well as 468,000 restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities such as cinemas. It employs 13,000 people and has sales of £5bn.
It is the UK’s largest cash-and-carry operator via its 172-store Booker chain and Makro, which has 30 outlets. Booker (now Tesco) also controls the 'Premier', 'Londis', 'Family Shopper' and 'Budgens' outlets which make up about half of the retail clients it supplies.
Premier is the largest branded group with 3,358 outlets, while Londis has 1,903, Budgens has 150 and Family Shopper 52.”
That means that currently in Lytham St Annes approx 2 out of every 3 'convenience stores' now come under Tesco. Why did the ever useless competition watchdog allow this? - Is this good for us, the consumers?
Not satisfied with all this, Tesco is now aiming to compete with Aldi and Lidl by opening cheaper and more basic stores in the car parks of their main stores in some areas. In a way this seems arrogant and patronising by saying "For those on lower incomes, here's somewhere more basic." We would say to all the big supermarkets "If you can offer cheaper goods now just because you have better-value stores snapping at your heels, why have you not offered customers far better value years ago?" Tesco seems to be moving towards offering two levels of stores - one for those who 'have more' and another for those who 'have less'. Hmmmm.
Finally, it seems that the only definition of a Convenience Store is one with less than 280 sq/m of floor space! So it seems convenience is just a matter of size even if it's more expensive. Really? In the wake of this, small independents have had to close down.
£1.10 each but a full 1/2 pint difference, that's 2 kids cereal portions or 4 white coffees, or two Angel Delight portions.
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