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Tesco, the UK's biggest food retailer, reportedly is buying Adminstore, a 45-unit, privately held English convenience store chain that operates in Central London under the Europa, Harts and Cullens banners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This is clearly part of the Tesco strategy. It was more than a year ago that the company acquired T&S, another UK c-store chain, boosting its Tesco Express group of stores by more than 800 units.

Tesco said it will convert all the Adminstore units to the Tesco Express banner.
KC's View:
We've always been impressed with the Tesco c-store operation, and how in certain cases these small stores generate as much revenue as a full-service supermarket. In some cases, this is a matter of location; in others, it is just canny merchandising.

Either way, it works.