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Tesco is one of the UK’s largest retailers, with supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the country selling a wide range of products including groceries, clothing, electronics and beauty products.
Accompanied by the Tesco Direct website, Tesco UK stores are divided into 6 formats which vary in size and the products sold. For example, the large Tesco Extra stores usually stock a wide range of non-food items alongside the usual grocery products, whereas Tesco Superstores tend to stock mainly groceries and only a few non-food items. These stores are located in out-of-town areas. Tesco Express stores are the most common type, selling only groceries and located in town-centre locations. The Tesco online store is home to the entire product range and offers click and collect or home delivery. A variety of ranges, including Tesco Value and Tesco Finest can be found in most stores. As well as physical items, the retailer now offers a number of other services, such as financial services through Tesco Bank and Tesco Insurance.
History of Tesco
Tesco was originally founded by Jack Cohen in 1919 as a set of market stalls in the East End of London. The name Tesco first appeared in 1924. From the 1950s to the 1980s, Jack Cohen continued to grow Tesco’s presence throughout the UK and in the early 2000s the company began operations overseas and diversified into new product areas. In 1995 the company launched a loyalty card named the Tesco Clubcard and in 1996 they launched an internet shopping service. In fact, the world’s first ever online home shopping transaction was performed by Mrs Snowball from Gateshead in 1984, in which she bought groceries from her local Tesco!
If you regularly shop at Tesco, the Tesco Clubcard is a must-have. Cardholders collect 1 ‘Clubcard’ point for every £1 they spend in-store or on Tesco.com. Each point is equal to 1p. Customers can also gain points in other ways, such as by using a Tesco Credit Card or by being a Tesco Mobile customer. Points are converted into vouchers which can be spent online or in-store. To find out about the Tesco offers this week or to receive special discounts, sign-up for the Clubcard newsletter online.