UK hypermarket Tesco to trial non-food store


Tesco, the UK’s largest grocer, announced plans in January to open a trial store selling non-food items such as clothing and electrical goods.

The retail giant has been diversifying into new product areas for a while. There are already around 100 Tesco Extra shops throughout the UK, which stock a wide range of non-food items.

Commenting on the trial store, a spokesperson told OPI: "It is early days and we have no further detail but we will trial a non-food store at some point this year. Shoppers expect us to try out new ideas and we will continue to grow the number of Extras and develop non-food ranges in our existing stores."

In the same month, Asda, the Wal-Mart owned chain of UK superstores, announced expansion plans to the tune of £7 million ($13.5 million) to develop its jewellery, optical and photo centre businesses, which will appear in 258 of its 274 stores by the end of 2005.

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