Tesco is to open a branch of the Harris & Hoole coffee shop within one of its flagship stores at Tooley Street.
Tesco’s chief executive Philip Clarke has stated that there are plans for Harris & Hoole, which is 49% controlled by Tesco, to open further coffee shops within other Tesco stores but at this point there has been no announcement regarding exact numbers or locations. Clarke stated that specific plans for development would announced “when the Tolleys (the Australian sibilings who control 51% of Harris & Hoole) are ready”.
The store at Tooley Street, close to London Bridge station, has been referred to as a “concept store”. It is often used by Tesco to try out new ideas and strategies, many of which are subsequently expanded to hundreds of other Tesco branches if they prove to be successful. Therefore it is likely that the exact number of Harris & Hoole coffee shops opening within other Tesco stores will depend on how successful the location at Tooley Street proves to be.
A Tesco spokesman was hopeful about the new addition to the store, stating that “As we're refreshing the look and feel of our Tooley Street store, we think it's a good opportunity to team up with Harris & Hoole and open a small coffee shop above the store. We think our customers will love Harris & Hoole's freshly roasted coffee and great quality cakes and pastries and look forward to them opening later this year”.
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