Tesco Lotus opens store number 2000 Bangkruay-Sainoi

Tesco Lotus opens store number 2000, reiterates commitment to Thailand and enhances contribution to economy and society

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Tesco Lotus today celebrated the grand opening of its 2000th store in Thailand, reiterating its commitment to continuing to invest in Thailand – Tesco Group’s largest international market outside of the United Kingdom. The retailer has also pledged to serve Thailand’s customers a little better every day by offering great quality products at affordable prices and great shopping experiences. It will also continue its contributions to the Thai economy by supporting local farmers through its direct sourcing programme as well as provide little helps to local communities in which it operates stores.

Mr. Sompong Rungnirattisai, Chief Executive Officer, Tesco Lotus, said: “Today marks a very important milestone for Tesco Lotus, as we celebrate the grand opening of our 2000th store in Thailand. Tesco Lotus has operated in Thailand for more than 24 years and remains fully committed to the Thai economy. While continuing to expand both offline and online channels, Tesco Lotus strives to serve Thailand’s shoppers a little better every day by offering great quality products at affordable prices as well as fantastic shopping experiences. The Bangkruay Sainoi store is the largest hypermarket opened in four years by supermarket sales floor space. The shopping mall boasts a well-balanced mix of shops and restaurants fit for the needs of our 4.0 era customers.”

Mr. Sompong Rungnirattisai, Chief Executive Officer, Tesco Lotus

“Beyond business growth and the ability to serve customers better, we see new store openings as a way we can increase our contributions to the Thai economy through more job opportunities for people in local communities and expanding distribution channels for farmers and SMEs who supply products to us. Our direct sourcing programme, since it began in 2010, has grown significantly. In 2017, we sourced more than 200,000 tonnes of produce and proteins from more than 5,100 individual farms, generating fair and sustainable income for farmers across Thailand. We work with agricultural co-operatives and SMEs to produce Tesco brand products, helping to uplift manufacturing standards and widening their market reach through our stores. Surrounding communities also benefit from our sustainability programmes, which include providing nutritious lunches for underprivileged schools, surplus food donations, scholarships, and other little helps our colleagues provide.”

Tesco Lotus Bangkruay-Sainoi hypermarket is located in Bang Bua Thong District in Nonthaburi province, west of Bangkok. The area is well served by efficient transportation networks that include ring roads, express ways, Purple Line train, piers, and other public transportations connecting the district with Bangkok.

“Tesco Lotus Bangkruay-Sainoi store offers several services designed specifically with the 4.0 era customers in mind. We are introducing the Scan As You Shop technology at this store for a fun and convenient shopping experience. QR code payment is available at all cashiers, expediting cashless payments. The first ‘green lane’ is our express checkout lane for environmentally-conscious customers who do not require plastic bags. Free Wifi is available for customers throughout the hypermarket, shopping mall and food court area. Outside the store, a 1.2 km. long bicycle lane is open to the public, as is the multi-purpose park for recreational activities and exercising to promote healthy living for local residents. The 450 sq.m. of solar panels installed atop the parking roofs generate electricity that powers the entire food court inside. The recycle centre located outside the store helps make it easier for customers to recycle UHT cartons, paper waste, product packaging such as plastic pouches and foil sachets, and electronic waste, whereas the recycle vending machine inside the store gives 50 green points for every plastic bottle or aluminum can recycled. We believe that these extra features will enhance the shopping experiences and well-being of our customers, while supporting local communities and the environment,” added Sompong.

Tesco Lotus Bangkruay-Sainoi opened its doors to customers in August 2018.