I have occasionally used these stores, but only when I have really needed to. They are conveniently located, the nearest being just outside of a bus station I used to use regularly, but the express stores charge too much. I might call in for a drink or a bar of chocolate early on a morning or late at night when there aren't many stores open. The longer opening hours are another great benefit of stores like this. However there is a substantial difference in price between Tesco's express stores and other Tesco stores. I might have to pay about 10p more for a bar of chocolate than I would in the Tesco store just a few streets away. I only ever use them when there is no other option but would be happy to use them much more if they were to reduce their prices, at least to what they are in other Tesco stores. In the express stores, I also find service to be slow and that they are often very crowded (especially at peak times). They try to cram a variety of products into a very small space and this means that the isles, at least in my nearest store, are very narrow and their isn't much room to move. Everytime I use my nearest store I always have to queue, often for a few minutes before I get served. I don't think I have ever been able to go straight to the checkout and get immediately served
Tesco Express is an invaluable additional to Wanstead High Road. It's prices are slightly cheaper than the Co-op located in the same parade of shops. It provides all the essential food items needed such as: vegetables, some fruit, milk, cheese, meat, alcohol and a satisfactory range of baby products. It does get busy at peak times and the aisles can become overcrowded, especially as Wanstead has a high proportion of parents with buggies. There are always special offers available, including a decent range of alcohol at a reduced rate. There is always chocolate, biscuits and sweets on offer around the till area, which is not ideally located for the weak willed. You can collect Tesco deliveries from store but make sure you provide the order number as the store has a high number of uncollected items. For this reason, you may have to wait a while to collect your delivery but on average, so long as you have your order number, the wait is no more than five minutes. There are four tills available: two operated by staff and two self scanning tills. There can be long queues for the tills at peak times in the morning and afternoon although as people only tend to buy a few items at a time, the queues do move relatively quickly. The self scan tills often require assistance and it can be very frustrating using them, especially when you are in a hurry. As the store is not that big, it can seem overcrowded, particularly when alcohol tends to be stocked up at the end of the aisles and around the till area.
My local Tesco Express is in a prime location where there are no other locals shops and lots of passing traffic. They have a small car park which is always overcrowded. The car park itself is enough to make me angry! There are signs everywhere saying that you can only park there for 20 minutes and that they have numberplate recognition to ensure you will be caught if you go over this time. 20 minutes, this us ridiculous, I have spent 5 minutes in the car par waiting for a space, waited a further 5 minutes to use their cash machine and then I''m super stressed in the shop to make sure I don''t take too long. The selection in Tesco Express to me seems poor. Yes there is a little bit of everything but only the expensive versions and premium products. Clearly Tesco''s are clever and know how to boost their profits ass people really do pay more for the convenience of the location. There is also always a massive queue in this shop with only one person working behind the till as well as dealing with the self service check out - this stresses me out even more as remember you can only paseo outside for 20 minutes! There are only 2 positives that I can find with this shop. Number one is that''s they have an in store bakery and their cakes, cookies and cheese straws are absolutely a amazing. Number two, they keep there wine and beer chilled in fridges. My locals massive big Tesco''s doesn''t even keep the beer chilled and i literally have no idea why not because shopping can be stressful and a drink after is a great reward.
On a Saturday evening, the last thing i want to do is drive down to my big supermarket; Tesco express is just a walk away for a lot of people and seems to sell everything i ever need. So the main attribute that i love from Tesco Express is the practicality and ease of use.The staff always seem to be happy regardless of the time of day, i know they're not loving it, but they can hardly run away!Generally very small queues at the tills as some choose to go for the self-checkout. The only thing wrong with Tesco Express is...well...nothing.
I use Tesco Express more than I use the main supermarket. My local Tesco Express has everything that is essential and a few luxury items as well. The store is always clean and well stocked. There are always about four members of staff around so I don't have to wait to be served.
Recently, they have just introduced the self service checkout, which is great if you only have a few bits.
However, I do find that there are not as many 'bargains' or offers on in the Tesco Express compared to the main supermarket. For example, I knew that the main supermarket was doing a half price offer on Nicorette Gum but when I went to get some from the Tesco Express, they didn't have the same offer so I ended up paying full price.
The other thing that is missing from the Tesco Express is fresh crusty bread. They have the sliced pre packed stuff but not the 'home baked loaves'. I really miss the bread when I can't get down to the main supermarket.
Parking is always easier in the Tesco Express than at the main supermarket but it doesn't have the child friendly spaces. It doesn't however, have two disabled spaces.
Tesco express is always there for those last minute things like chicken for dinner, microwave meals and pasta, cereal and the basic essentials. it's a scaled back version of their bigger stores and what i would call a big newsagents. They sell what you need not what you fancy - it's pretty bare as far as choice is concerned but the actual amount of stock is definitely not.
Their stores have small trolleys parked outside which barely hold 4 bags of chopping but you can also get shopping baskets or me personally, I just carry stuff. They tend to have about 4 checkouts, the ones near me have 2 self serve and 2 staffed ones. The staffed ones are good if you're not too good with tech and don't know how to work self serve but you also can't claim club card points without a member of staff.
The service at the staffed checkouts is far from what i'd call express. I often find myself at the checkout wondering if it would have been quicker to use the self serve instead. The young and inexperienced staff don't always know how to put through lottery tickets and sometimes claiming club card points is an issue depending on the machine not scanning. The latter is a technical problem, so no complaint here.
It's not normally service with a smile. I went there today and got the most glum looking woman who never really spoke to me and instead grunted or made humming noises to confirm what i was saying. Honestly i've seen some unhappy employees in my time but today this woman topped them all.
Prices are slightly higher than in the Tesco stores but there are some products that are the same. Naturally i expect this from an Express store since its the convenience you pay for so fair play, that's not really an issue for me. I'm not driving 6 miles to my nearest Extra store just to get a chocolate bar!
The store is well laid out and clean. The other day i did pick up a box of eggs that was cracked on the shelf and they leaked all over my hands but the member of staff behind the checkout happily gave me a towel and i cleared up the mess myself. Staff are also happy to help you find stuff even if they are in the middle of stacking shelves.
The staff always seem to forget the green card points at the checkout sadly and so i always try to get the self serve till because not only can i go at my own pace, i also get the green points i'm entitled to for my re use of bags!
I was only 10 minutes away on foot from my home to a Tesco Metro in East London. Therefore, I did not have to shop at Tesco express quite often. I used a Tesco Express store for nearly 3 years on my way home from work. I would shop there mainly for bread, nutella chocolate spread, long life milk etc. I found difference in prices at many items in Tesco Express from Tesco Metro and Extra at the same items. Needless to say it is up. Being a small store, they obviously cannot stock as large a range of products as a main Tesco supermarket. However, they do have a good range of items, including daily essentials that you could pick up easily from there at late nights too.
The best thing about Tesco Express is it is just round somewhere nearby when someone needs to buy something which is not available elsewhere or needs to shop at late nights. The ones I have done shopping at always have a great selection for fruit and vegetables, readymade food, baby food, soft drinks, juices and this is always fresh. One thing that I have noticed is that they do not offer cheap brand items. Also promotional offers are not available often. They accept Tesco Clubcard, so you can build up points.
I have been also happy with the friendly and helpful behavior by their staff. It really is a great convenient shop for me. They are convenient and offer enough choice to be able to gather most essentials for your daily needs.
The things that I can say are disadvantages are extra costs, congested aisles and of course the little amount of parking spaces. Even though there are many corner shops, convenient stores and nicer shops around, It has a great range of essential items stored nicely despite being a small store.
Now I know that there is a lot of controversy over Tesco's especially on the issues of where they place there stores and how many stores they have. I do agree with this to an extent as in the last two years 6 Tesco express stores have opened in Nottingham City Centre alone which I think is just far too excessive. But I do not drive and rely quite heavily on my local Tesco express store as it is literally a 2 minute walk from my home so it is extremely convenient.
My local Tesco Express opens from 7.00am - 11.00pm, 7 days per week. I think this is excellent opening hours and allows me to visit it before work in the morning if needed and in the evening if I have found I have forgot to purchase something. The only time I have had a problem with this was one evening when I had been working late and thought I would pop in to get a pizza and bottle of wine to take home. It was 10.45pm and I had just got off the bus across the road from the store, as I crossed over the road I noticed that a couple were stood at the door trying to get the attention of a member of staff inside. When I got to the doors myself I realised that the store was actually closed and that the member of staff was signalling this as she had just locked the doors. There was no sign of an error such as a power cut and the staff member offered no explanation and just walked away. I was very disappointed and the take away across the road got my money that night. I actually wrote to Tesco to complain about this especially as the huge sign on the outside of the store clearly states the opening hours in some proud statement splashed across the full lenght of the outer window. Tesco responded with a letter of apology and a £10 gift card which I thought was a nice gesture and rectified my frustration from that evening.
My local Tesco express as recently been refurbished but I have noticed that they are all laid out very similar and generally contain the same products. My store has the following sections:
- Tinned food
- Fresh fruit and Vegetables
- Sandwiches and cold drinks
- Meat & ready meals
- Cooked meats and deli items
- Bottled water
- Crisps and Biscuits
- Chocolate and Sweets
- Laundry and Cleaning
- Toilet rolls and tissues
- Newspaper & Magazine
- Toiletries and medical
- Frozen food
As you can see they fit a lot of items into one small store. I find this very convenient and they normally always have the items that I need. Now I do not do my main shop here but if I need milk, bread or an emergency bar of chocolate then it is certainly handy. The only negative really is that the express stores tend to be a little more expensive than the main one but I guess they realise that they can get away with this as a convenience charge, and I will admit that when I am desperate for an item that this does not deter me even thought I have a little mutter to myself!
Apart from the early closing experience I have always been very happy with the service from the staff in my local store. A couple of the staff members have been there for some time now so they engage in conversation when they serve you regularly which I think is nice and makes you forget that it is actually a Tesco you are in and not an independent store. Also whenever I have been overcharge or have to ask for help the staff have always been friendly and efficient. I have never experience long delays at the checkout either, my store is only small but they have three manned tills and two self-service and they always call another staff member if more than two people are waiting.
Overall I may not agree totally with what Tesco represents and I think there are nicer supermarkets out there but for convenience I will certainly still be shopping in my local express store. So four stars from me, one star lost for slightly inflated prices.
We have a small Tesco Express store in our village. Tesco Express stores are much smaller than the supermarkets that you will find and are often found in villages, at petrol stations or sometimes in town centres.
Tesco Express stores just stock the basics, you cannot really do your weekly shop here (though I did see someone doing theirs in our local one yesterday!) but it is great if you want to pop in to get a few bits and bobs.
Our local Tesco Express is in the middle of our village, it has a small car park with parking for about 10 cars and parking is free for up to 20 minutes.
When you get into the store the store is set out into a number of aisles and it follows the same sort of layout as the larger supermarkets do. There are a large pile of baskets next to the door and there are a couple of small trolly's for those who want to do a bit more shopping.
As I said, Tesco Express just stocks the basics. There is a small selection of fruit and veg, sandwiches, ready meals, a bakery, meat, snacks, pet food, toiletries, alcohol and frozen food.
You cannot find a great variety of food in here, instead there will usually only be one option which is either premium brand or Tesco's mid range brand. I can rarely find any of the value products in our local store.
The range is limited, for example the fruit and veg is mostly pre packed and it is a highly inflated prices. For example, I can usually expect to pay around 10-12p for a banana when it is based on weight but in my local Tesco Express they all have a flat rate of 17p regardless of size and weight.
There are 2 tills in my local store which are meant to be manned by staff and 2 self serve. Often when I go in nobody is on the checkouts so if I wanted something from behind the counter I suppose I would have to go and find a member of staff. This is also quite annoying if you buy something with an age restriction, for example the other day my friends father wanted to buy a bottle of wine, he waited a good few minutes at the self serve checkout for someone to come and verify his age on the machine but nobody came so he had to leave it.
Tesco Express is ok for grabbing a few bits during the week but I would never do a lot of shopping here as there isnt much choice and the prices are quite a bit higher than they are in the supermarkets.
I am a complete fan of Tesco and the express shops on the whole do not dissapoint.
There are 4 that i use frequently and so i feel this review is quite well rounded.
All 4 shops have a great selection fo Fruit and Veg and this is always fresh, which is not always the case in smaller shops.
There is also a wide variety of things from take away coffee and muffins, nappies and baby food to everyday food items and soft drinks, confectionary and alcohol. It really is a one stop shop for me.
From what i have seen the Tesco express do not seem to sell items at a different price to the large stores, however they do tend to stock more of the mid range to higher end items rather than Tesco own brand.
Whilst this is not really a problem with the variety it would be nice to see some of the own brand items.
The only things that i can say is a down side, is the amount of parking. As these shops seem to be busy at all times night and day it can be a pain when there are only 6 parking bays and unfortunatley i cannot walk to any of these as the nearest one is about 6 miles away. This however is perhaps just location specific.
It takes me probably less than a minute to walk to my local Tesco Express and I go in there nearly every day. They don't stock anywhere near the amount of items you can buy from one of their larger supermarkets but it is the kind of place where you can find essentials along with a few extras. They have crisps and biscuits, milk and bread as well as other dairy items like cheese and yoghurts. There are tinned goods, fizzy drinks and different varieties of squash.
On the shelves there is a reasonable selection of alcohol like wine and beer and behind the checkouts which are at the front of the store you can see a collection of spirits like whisky and vodka manufactured by well known brands. In the same area behind the tills are displayed tobacco products and razors with accessories. In the store I frequent you can either play the national lottery by buying a ticket or purchasing one of the many scratch cards kept in a case on the checkouts, I don't however take part.
Their fruit and vegetables are fresh and although they don't stock as many types as a major store you can purchase the basics to meet your requirements. Similarly you will find a small selection of fresh meats but like with fruit and vegetables if you want something a bit different or less usual you will have to use a larger supermarket. Again there is a minimal stock of frozen items like pizzas and oven chips and cosmetics wise you can buy one or two different types of shampoos, shower gels and toothpastes and a tiny selection of other products in this category.
At my local Tesco Express you can pick up the daily papers and a whole range of magazines. Like all the outlets of this company the prices on most items are competitive with good promotional offers depending on what you are looking for.
The opening hours are extremely convenient at my local shop, opening at six in the morning and closing at ten and the staff are all fairly friendly and helpful.
When visiting my boyfriends house in Eastbourne, I often found myself frustrated with the offerings at the local Co-op, which frankly usually looks like it's been ram-raided, and hardly ever has anything I actually need in stock . On various occasions I have visited looking for a toothbrush, sausages, and bread, and found myself met my blank spaces on the shelves. So, when the Meads branch of Tesco Express opened up just a few doors down from the co-op, I was excited at the prospect of being successfully able to find ingredients for meals, essential toiletries, and a magazine to read. I have not been dissapointed .
The store has a wide rasnge of products - fresh fruit and veg, bread, milk, ready made sandwiches, meats, and tinned goods, as well as a small alcohol section and a tobacco kiosk . Being a small store, they obvisouly can't stock as large a range as a main Tesco supermarket, and this is apparent when you see the three small stand up freezers, but they do have a good range of items, and you could easily pop in here after work and find the makings of a good meal .
On several visits we got very lucky, going at about 4 in the afternoon as they were starting to reduce products with a short life - we picked up a selection of sandwiches starting from as little as 15pence a pack, and shoved them in the fridge to use on our outings the next day.We also picked up drastically reduced fresh cream cakes, some cheap breagd, and some reduced pasta salads . Our best bargain had to be the HUGE bunch of tulips , still in lovely condition but reduced from £7 to 70p, which we took home to his mum, who was delighted!
One thing I have noticed with this shop is that they don't do many 'value' or cheap brand items . On one occasion I was craving some olives, and the only offering on the shelf was some posh ones at about £3.98, when I know I could get a jar for half that in my main Tesco . Similarly, a look on the baken bean aisle shows only Heinz and Tesco brand, no value variety . I appreciate that you lose out on choice shopping in a smaller, more conveniently located store . I also appreciate that the Meads area is actually pretty posh and upmarket, but as someone who is used to living on a shoestring, I found the lack of value range a little odd.
I was happy to find that I could still get clubcard points at the Tesco Express, and although I can't remember what time it opened in the morning, I was pleased that it stayed open til 11, as we could have a couple of hours in the pub before picking up some essentials for the next day . I found the staff there polite and friendly, and have never faced waiting in a queue for more than a couple of minutes. And, I'm happy to report that the Tesco does sell toothbrushes, as I forgot to take mine down (yet again) on my last visit .
Overall, I think these stores are quite handy - and they seem to be cropping up everywhere now, even a couple of the student halls of residence have these now! While they don't offer all the choice of a larger branch (and sadly skip over the value range a lot) they are convenient and offer enough choice to be able to gather together the makings of a good meal easily .
4 stars, taking one off for the slightly reduced selection in comparison to bigger stores, particularly the apparent absense of 'Value' range products.
Tesco Express is a small version of the Tesco supermarket, which stocks most of the basic essentials you need to get buy - usually Tesco's own brand along with the main brand for that product. For example, if you wanted to buy baked beans, you could either buy Tesco's own brand baked beans, or Heinz. On the whole it's a very handy shop, particularly if you live within walking distance of it.
There are a few disadvantages. Firstly, there are hardly any 'Tesco Value' items in the shop - you'd have to go to the main supermarket if you really wanted to save money. Plus, more often than not they just don't sell the product you're looking for. I wouldn't advise you use Tesco Express as your main weekly shop, as there's really not a very wide range of meals you could have. Of course, most people use it as a mid-week impulse buy shop anyway, which is why almost a third of our local one is devoted to chocolate bars and biscuits!
All in all, a very useful corner shop if you're only buying a few essentials.
Tesco Express stores are getting more and more popular, they can be found in many town or city centres or near petrol stations. They are similar in size to Spar shops, but in my opinion offer much better value. Many of the express stores have a few parking spaces close to them which is always useful. All your clubcard priviliges stay the same and you can use any vouchers in store too.
These shops tend to stock most 'every day' items, such as bread, milk, butter etc... they also have a good selection of ready made sandwiches and pasta. I find these ideal if you are in a city centre and are needing someting to eat, if you find an Express store you know you will be paying Tesco prices. They all have a lottery stand including scratch cards, as well as a full tobacco counter and often an alcohol section.
Many of the items in the express stores are at the same price of those in larger stores, the meal deals still apply, most drinks are the same. Some things you will find are more expensive than the larger stores, only by around 25p so it doesn't really bother me. A suprising thing with the express stores is that they hardly stock any of the Tesco Value range, it is mainly big branded items.
One thing worth noting, is that when you see a Tesco Extra in a petrol station, it doesn't neccesarily mean you will get clubcard points for your fuel. When i was working down in London i had to fill my car up to get home so went into a petrol station which i believed was Tesco. I filled up with fuel and also bought some lunch, when i looked at the reciept, i had only been given the clubcard points on the food, not on the fuel. I guess Tesco must have a deal with Texaco to use their building as a small store.
To summarise, I think the express stores are a very good idea, for many people it does save a lot of time driving to the larger stores. For the size of the shops, the range they offer is excellent, I am very impressed.
I have one of these literally right across the road to me which is very, very handy. It has a scaled down selection of products that you would find in a larger main Tesco store.
Main items stocked include general food, fresh sandwich and lunch items, dairy section, meat and poultry section, frozen section, bakery items, fresh fruit and vegetables, alcohol, tobacco, lottery and scratchcards, toliteries and some non prescription medicines, personal care products and sweets, chocolates and crisps.
The more limited choice of products means that the overall cost of a "shopping basket" can be a tad higher in some cases than in a main Tesco but this is fine with me because of the convenience factor. The shop I am referring to opens 7 am until 10 pm 7 days a week which is great.
Also, if you go in between 8.30 and 10 pm there are often heavily marked down fresh sandwiches, pies, meats, desserts, bread and the like that are on or approaching their sell by date that are discounted typically between 20 and 90%.
I have frequently bought sandwiches for 35p reduced from £2 and loaves of bread and packets of cakes for under 20p.
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