ALTERNATE FORMAT: Fresh & Easy

Tesco's new Fresh & Easy concept ended its self-imposed exile from store openings this month, after a three-month hiatus that had analysts buzzing about the format's viability. Certainly, it's a hopeful but challenging time for the Cheshunt, England-based retailer, which launched the Fresh & Easy format last November and now has more than 60 locations operating in California, Nevada and Arizona. By

Tesco's new Fresh & Easy concept ended its self-imposed exile from store openings this month, after a three-month hiatus that had analysts buzzing about the format's viability. Certainly, it's a hopeful — but challenging — time for the Cheshunt, England-based retailer, which launched the Fresh & Easy format last November and now has more than 60 locations operating in California, Nevada and Arizona.

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