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Tesco to downsize in Poland

At the end of July, Tesco authorities announced that the company intends to introduce changes that assume that its operations in Poland will focus on the formats of smaller stores. Now the portal Wiadomoś informs that the area of ​​over 60 Tesco hypermarkets will be cut in Poland by about 1/3.

“This decision means the reconstruction of the largest hypermarkets in Poland to the format of the so-called a compact hypermarket that will operate alongside the existing supermarket format, “Tesco announced at the end of July. In addition to redevelopments, Tesco has confirmed that it is at the stage of finalizing sales contracts for eight large hypermarkets.

  • Our decision to focus on smaller store formats reflects the changing expectations of Polish customers and trends on the retail market. Our compact hypermarkets and supermarkets will be constantly offering a wide selection of food products, along with the popular clothing brand F&F or seasonal industrial products – said Matt Simister, president of Tesco in Central Europe at the end of July.

There are currently about 350 stores of the British network in three formats in Poland: supermarkets, compact hypermarkets and large hypermarkets. According to information from the portal, Tesco now wants to reduce over 60 largest hypermarkets – they are to be reduced by an average of 1/3 of the existing space. The portal’s journalists also report that the changes will not only cover Tesco’s own stores but also outlets located in shopping centres where the operator is a tenant.

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