Tesco axes first Jack’s store

Tesco Jack's Dave Lewis Jason Tarry
The Big 4 grocer currently has 10 Jack's stores in the UK
// Tesco pulls plug on first Jack’s store in Rawtenstall, East Lancashire
// The store will be replaced with a 40,000sq ft Tesco store due to customer demand
// All Jack’s employees will be transferred over to Tesco with new additional roles

Tesco has confirmed it is axing the first Jack’s store a year after unveiling the new discount chain to rival Aldi and Lidl.

The store, which is located in Rawtenstall, East Lancashire, was opened earlier this year.

It will be replaced with a 40,000sq ft Tesco store instead, in response to demand from customers.


“We are really pleased to be bringing Tesco back to Rawtenstall in time for Christmas,” Tesco UK chief executive Jason Tarry said.

“We have listened to customer feedback and look forward to serving customers in the refreshed store.”

Meanwhile, all Jack’s employees will be transferred over to Tesco with new additional roles.

The Big 4 grocer currently has 10 Jack’s stores in the UK.

The discount chain was announced a year ago by chief executive Dave Lewis, with the agreement that it would open between 10 to 15 stores in the UK within six months.

Its main purpose is to create a retail chain that would allow Tesco to claw back customers lost to German discount grocers Aldi and Lidl.

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  1. There is nothing that Tesco or any other big supermarket can do to win me back as a customer the shopping experiance at Aldi is for superior with great prices and quality of food

  2. Lidl do most things better. A decent enough value bakery, fresh produce, meat etc a good price and the stores are a sensible size to get around!

  3. Another failure for Tesco. All the Jacks stores will doubtless be closing soon – Tesco simply cannot compete with Aldi and Lidl on price or quality. They’re too good at the game. Why would you shop at Jacks when there’s an Aldi or a Lidl nearby – both cheaper, and better quality. Aldi and Lidl will see Tesco off in due course.

  4. Unfortunately the Lidl store near me is rubbish, half the time they don’t have the stock. I much prefer Aldi but don’t have one near to me. I’ve been shopping in Morrisons and have had enough of them; they never have a good stock of fruit and vegetables.

    If I had an Aldi nearby then that would be the place to go for me.

  5. Jacks is not a rival to ALDI or Lidl. It’s more a rival to Cash and Carries and was an unwise choice for Rawtenstall.
    It will do much better as an ordinary Tesco. The main beneficiary of the original closure was the local Asda. Personally I did not like Jacks but will be returning to Tesco to do some of my shopping.

  6. That’s a very good point….the big 4’s stores are too big, it takes ages to do a shop! Whereas shopping with Lidl & Aldi is much simpler because it’s more compact and then you can even have a good old fashioned cashier to ring up your purchases instead of long q’s or useless self-service tills!

  7. I think Tesco has a great mindset trying to compete in the discount sector, but it’s their own compertition as Tesco is some times over priced. Look at mysupermarket at prices across all retailers and you’ll see they are often highest in price

  8. Hey, I read this all wrong. It seems like a success story – Tesco go in small, come out big…what’s not to applaud? So Jack’s in Lancs tanks but still brings them the win. Good business in my book.

  9. 4 Holland’s steak puddings cost £1.45 in Jacks but £3 in TESCO’s…
    I do a 50 mile round trip to get 4 at Jacks in Rawtenstall az St Helens store don’t sell um, l love a bargain…


  10. I rather think that Jack Cohen would be fighting far more energetically to improve Tesco’s profits and market share than the current management . Few promotions, few end of aisle bargains, little creativity in the way of non-food promotions (cf the non-food
    promotions at Aldi and Lidl.) Tesco seem content to improve their share price (hardly surprisingly) to the detriment of good deals for their customers.


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