A Nottingham school teacher has blasted Tesco’s “scandalous” price rises after one of its city branches was converted to an Express.
Simon Baggley, from Old Basford, has vowed to boycott the supermarket chain following a hike in product prices at its store in the Victoria Centre.
“I went in to get some food items, didn’t originally look at the price and then when I got to the checkout I noticed two items I’d bought had gone up 35 or 40p,” said the 58-year-old.
“I said to the lady at the checkout ‘that’s odd’ and she genuinely looked embarrassed.”
Mr Haggley said she then told him that from Sunday night they changed from a Metro to an Express store.
“It’s a big supermarket not an Express,” he continued. “I’m going to boycott the place, I think it’s scandalous. I’m a bit aggrieved because I know lots of old people who live around that area and they do main shops in Tesco.
“A lot of these people don’t drive so they rely on Tesco to do their main weekly shop, and if those prices are anything to go by it’s going to cost an arm and a leg.”
His complaints come after the shop was recently changed from a Metro due to “changes in customers’ shopping habits”, according to Tesco.
The conversion is part of the supermarket chain’s move to convert 89 of its Metro stores, making it the sixth Tesco Express in Nottingham City Centre.
A study by Which? earlier this year showed that the same weekly grocery shop costs an average of £279 more per year at an Express compared to a Tesco supermarket.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “Over the last few years, we have seen our customers’ shopping habits change and we have taken the decision to re-brand all of our Metro stores to better reflect this.
“Our Metro format was originally designed for larger, weekly shops, but today nearly 70% of customers use them as convenience stores, buying food for that day so the majority of them will be rebranded as Express stores.”
When pushed to address concerns by shoppers over price rises, Tesco failed to respond.
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