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‘I went to the ‘worst Tesco in London’ and now I want to be a regular customer’ – Reemul Balla


Tesco is a kind of dependable retailers you go into the place you recognize what you are going to get.

Rarely has the retailer posed a drawback for me in the previous then I got here throughout an article from a few years again.

A sure Tesco in East London was dubbed the ‘ worst ‘ not solely in London however in Britain.

The Tesco Express in Haggerston, Hackney, was pictured as one in every of the grottiest about with old-fashioned necessities, trays left empty with out replenishment, trolleys left in the center of aisles, merchandise left deserted on counters and even stories of fights inside the retailer.

It grew to become so unhealthy that the store grew to become a meme and even had its personal web site devoted to the shamefulness inside.

Shoppers have been inspired to put up their Haggerston haunts on this web page

The website describes it as ‘merely the worst place on earth. The place is a full catastrophe.’

Many current Google evaluations agree.

One from a few months in the past reads: “Absolutely stunning state for a retailer. I agree with different evaluations the store is poorly stocked. A pot of soup had been spilled in the fridge and was not being cleaned. It had clearly been there for a while.”

Another from 4 months in the past learn: “Staff very unprofessional and at all times impolite, by no means smiling and by no means up to lending a hand. Basic gadgets not is inventory and at all times misplaced deceptive you with the worth. Fridges are at all times huge open and gadgets could typically be off.”

Surely one retailer could not be that unhealthy proper?

I went inside to discover out.

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Stepping exterior Haggerston Station, the mini Tesco was a stone’s throw away – good for the peckish commuter or the late night time drunken pork pie.

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It was a 5 minute stroll from the Overground Station

There was additionally a bus cease exterior the Tesco so the comfort vibe acquired a clear checkmark.

Outside the Tesco there have been a few rogue trollies barring what would have been a beautiful picture of some blueberries however I had to dwell with that momentary eyesore.

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A number of trollies would not put me off

There was a ‘free money’ withdrawals ATM exterior too, which I at all times take into account an added bonus.

When I stepped inside everybody was carrying a masks and it was comparatively busy on the weekend afternoon.

I perused the aisles and was greeted by vibrant rows of fruit and veg, and was reasonably impressed by the neatness having learn such scathing evaluations of bananas swimming on the flooring and cucumbers making a getaway.

Upon nearer inspection the Tesco Finest British Echallion Shallots have been working low and the tray had a pear imposter which had fallen in.

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Not pear formed

What a shambles.

They stocked Pink Lady Apples that are my favorite sort, so nothing flawed there – nonetheless sure fruit trays have been empty together with lemons and particular person tangerines.

One bag of tangerines was flung over a tray fairly haphazardly.

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A number of baskets have been empty

The Tesco had a wholesome number of nuts and seeds, and I moved onto their meat aisle which was stocked to the brim and overflowing with rooster, mince, bacon and sausages.

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Meat subsequent to the salad…is that a cardinal sin?

The spaghetti had not been replenished, however other than that each one the important jars and dried foodstuffs have been simple to discover and not in any approach toppled over.

Winding my approach by means of the aisles (which did not have trollies in them) I noticed a rogue pack of prepared salted crisps in the cereal part (in all probability a buyer dumping it there).

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A number of had toppled over

Again nothing too panic-worthy.

There was an considerable world meals space which was spectacular however a lot of the bread had not been restocked sadly.

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A bit of pink mark in my journalist’s notepad.

I inspected the cheese part and fairly a few cheese merchandise had taken a tumble however the choice was once more plentiful.

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A number of baggage of cheese had hit the decrease rungs

The aisles continued to house and cleansing merchandise spherical the again, and ended with a complete host of alcoholic drinks, with many on supply.

The ice cream choice was getting sparse nevertheless it was a sizzling day so I forgave them on that entrance.

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I ended up shopping for a few crisps in the finish and the checkout course of was fast and simple.

Facing only a few issues I left the store a confused man.

Why did this Tesco have nonetheless such a unhealthy rep? Had the employees improved their method and upkeep of the retailer?

Were they only fortunate I got here at a quieter time?

Yes a few merchandise had succumbed to gravity however so what?

Everything was just about there, with a few merchandise needing restocking.

It was principally like many different Tesco Expresses I had been to throughout London.

If I ever do return to Haggerston once more, I’ll most actually be popping in to have a very regular and non-celebratory purchasing expertise.