Tesco to Open First Airport Store
By Tom Ryan
Tesco has chosen Glasgow Airport as the location for its first
airport store. The Tesco Express, its c-store format, will cater to vacation
travelers making last-minute travel purchases, airport workers, as well as
returning passengers who need to buy groceries before heading home.
will be open 24 hours and offer a wide range of goods similar to those seen
in Tesco Express stores across the United Kingdom, including dairy products,
pre-prepared meals, breads, sandwiches, snacks and drinks. The size of the
average Tesco Express is about 2,000 square feet versus about 40,000 square
feet for Tesco’s standard supermarket. Perhaps most surprisingly, the airport
store’s prices will be the same as a typical Tesco Express.
"It means a huge improvement in the choice available to our passengers
and staff in the terminal," said Amanda McMillan, managing director of
Glasgow Airport, in a statement.
While outgoing passengers are seen as part of the
store’s target mix, the airport’s more than 5,000 workers are also expected
find use for the store. But
a particular target is arriving passengers.
Tesco surveyed passengers at
Glasgow Airport to find out what home comforts they missed on vacation. More
than a third named Irn-Bru, Scotland’s national drink. That was followed closely
by square or lorne sausage, tattie scones, black pudding and Tunnocks Teacakes.
Tesco’s Mr. McElry said in the statement that the store "will
allow us to cater for those holidaymakers arriving home and looking for a fantastic
range of Scottish favorites at a great Tesco price."
The new store will
open in the autumn, creating around 20 jobs.
Discussion Questions: What do you think of Tesco’s approach to operating a
convenience store in an airport? Is this an opportunity for c-store retailers
in the U.S.?
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- Tesco to open first airport branch at Glasgow – Daily Record