The Current Position
In 1995 Tesco overtook Sainsbury's as the UK's largest supermarket. In 2001 Tesco occupied 15.6% of the UK grocery retail market and was the market leader by 6%. Tesco's enormous share still grew and by September 2004, it had increased to a massive 28%, around 12% more than its nearest market rival, Asda. In the year ended 26 February 2005 Tesco made a pre-tax profit of £1.962 billon on turnover of …show more content…
Tesco's UK stores are divided into five formats, differentiated by size and the range of products sold.
Tesco Extra are larger, out-of-town hypermarkets that stock all of Tesco's product ranges. The first Extra opened in 1997 thanks to the Tesco Hypermarkets that opened in 1976 with a flagship store in Irlam( amazing enough this store was sadly demolished to make way for a smaller Tesco Extra). The 100th store opened in the 2004/05 financial year. The number of these is now being increased by about 20 a year, mainly by conversions from the second category. Typical size 66,000 square feet (6,100 m²). As of January 2006 Tesco's largest UK store is in Slough and is 190,000 square feet (18,300 m²). This store is unusual in being raised on stilts to maximise space utilisation. A standard Wal-Mart Supercenter in the U.S. is around 200,000 square feet (20,000 m²).
Tesco stores are standard large supermarkets, stocking groceries plus a much smaller range of non-food goods than Extra. They are referred to as "superstores" for convenience, but this word does not appear on the shops. It is the "standard" Tesco format, accounting for the majority of UK floorspace. Most are