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Good as a local shop but more expensive than Tesco Extra
Member Name: blazeybug
Date: 20/07/09, updated on 20/07/09 (939 review reads)
Advantages: It's local
Disadvantages: It charges more than Tesco Extra and only stocks expensive brands
Tesco Express seems to have cropped up all over the place, no more are local shops an individual business, they are now all exactly the same. It's a little sad really as I quite liked the individually owned shops that were all cramped and quirky.
That being said Tesco Express is pretty useful. It contains all the things that you may need to put the finishing touches on a meal and the typical 'bread and milk type items. It is well laid out and not stupidly priced. Basically it is Tesco but on a smaller scale.
One of the things that I really do not like about Tesco Express is that you will pay up to 30p extra on some items than if you went to your Big Tesco Extra. I don't really understand this - if something is £1 in Tesco Extra then why oh why is it £1.10 in Tesco Express? If you are buying quite a few items you certainly notice the price increase when you look at your receipt.
In my personal opinion it is a lot cheaper than the local Co-op shop and around the same as One Stop.
The other thing is that they will only ever sell the more expensive brand of a product. For example last night I needed some frozen veg, which I normally pay 99p for in Tesco Extra. In Tesco Express they only stock the Steam Fresh frozen veg which I paid considerably more for.
One of the main perks though is the 'scuff shelf' as I call it, where they reduce products with a short sell by date. You can quite often pick up a really good bargain, for example last week I got quiche from there for 30p and froze it. Bargain!
In general it is okay for buying one or two bits but I wouldn't suggest getting your weekly shop there!
Summary: Use it when you need too