New Tesco Express store in Cambridge is its 2,000th in the UK
Tesco opened its 2,000th UK Express store on Tuesday (February 28) in Petty Cury, Cambridge.
To mark the opening of Tesco’s fifth shop in the city, managing director for Tesco Convenience, Kevin Tindall, joined colleagues to make a special award of £2,000 from Tesco’s Community Grants Programme to two local groups: The Red Hen Project and The Meadows Children and Family Wing. Tesco will also donate 2,000 meals to local schools.
Ben Collar, store manager, said: “It is exciting to have passed such a significant milestone here in Cambridge. Tesco has recruited 20 new colleagues and we are looking forward to serving customers in Cambridge city centre.”
The store manager added: “We are also very excited to be able to support the local community through our food collections for local foodbanks and the Tesco Community Grants Programme.”
The Red Hen Project supports local families and runs a cooking club to help parents learn new recipes and become confident to cook healthy, family-friendly meals on a budget.
The Meadows Children and Family Wing provides services to the local community such as family support drop-ins and support for survivors of domestic abuse.
Since 2016, 78 groups in Cambridge have been awarded £145,997 through the Tesco Community Grants scheme. Nationally, this scheme has awarded more than £100million to charity.
Kevin Tindall, managing director for Tesco Convenience, said: “This is an exciting milestone for the business as we continue to expand our store network. Customers know that they can find great value when they shop at Tesco and our growing Express network makes it even easier for customers to find that value in more places.”
Tesco launched the Express format in the 1990s with the new, smaller format designed to bring value to more customers in more locations. It has now expanded the format with nearly 80 per cent of the UK now within 10 minutes of an Express store.