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    RSS Feed Tesco considers sale of Thai and Malaysian stores

    The move comes as Britain's biggest retailer focuses on its domestic business in the wake of an accounting scandal.

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    i like the one in bueng kan ,,,,nong khai hope they dont sell .

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    Yeah I hope the dont sell, its the only big supermarket in Chum Phae, we have a Makro too but I prefer Tesco for normal shopping
    What surprises me is that up to now they are keeping their loss making EU Stores...clearly something makes perfect business sense!!

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    I agree - think it would be a shame if they pulled out of Thailand. There's quite a few in Korat. I use them regularly as there is that comforting / familiar feel about using them. Although I did get a strange look when I offered up my Tesco club card and asked if I'd get club card points !!!! 555

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    I have to confess that I wouldn't miss them at all. I hate the one in Hua Hin, the staff are not very friendly and I hate the fact it's in Market Village and can't really understand why in such a town, they don't provide more farang goods, although their 6 nut muesli is good value for money.

    I hated the two large Tesco's in Korat when I lived there. The one at Hua Talay stocked nothing for farangs, so it was just used for basics and snacks and the one near The Mall wasn't much better.

    My other half won't buy fresh meat from there or any store such as Makro, from the large open 'trays' full of raw meat, that they utilise. She just worries about the hygiene (although I have from time to time).
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    Allan I've got a Thai club card so get points on that. The Tesco Express in our village is 24 hours, not sure who goes during the night.
    As I understand it Tesco Thailand was set up as a Thai supermarket not to keep farangs happy. To rival Big C
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    Allan I've got a Thai club card so get points on that. The Tesco Express in our village is 24 hours, not sure who goes during the night.
    As I understand it Tesco Thailand was set up as a Thai supermarket not to keep farangs happy. To rival Big C
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    I like Tesco far more than Big C. I hoped they would start to introduce things that both Thais and foreigners would purchase like decent crisps, better quality bacon and other goods. However, they've literally reproduced what the other limited supermarket selections offer so......Very rarely, if at all, do you get decent offers like buy one get one free.

    I get the strong impression Thais loyalty to certain brands, such as 7-11, MK, Mama noodles etc etc... make it very difficult to break into certain markets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caller View Post
    I have to confess that I wouldn't miss them at all. I hate the one in Hua Hin, the staff are not very friendly and I hate the fact it's in Market Village and can't really understand why in such a town, they don't provide more farang goods, although their 6 nut muesli is good value for money.

    I hated the two large Tesco's in Korat when I lived there. The one at Hua Talay stocked nothing for farangs, so it was just used for basics and snacks and the one near The Mall wasn't much better.

    My other half won't buy fresh meat from there or any store such as Makro, from the large open 'trays' full of raw meat, that they utilise. She just worries about the hygiene (although I have from time to time).
    We get a lot of meat from Tesco and Makro...its better than getting it from the market where it sits all day and they have to keep wafting the flies off lol...oh the choice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonerider View Post
    We get a lot of meat from Tesco and Makro...its better than getting it from the market where it sits all day and they have to keep wafting the flies off lol...oh the choice!!
    Local markets are the way to go for fruit, veg and eggs, theres no chance of meat from markets or Tesco etc, being wedded to a Veggie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonerider View Post
    We get a lot of meat from Tesco and Makro...its better than getting it from the market where it sits all day and they have to keep wafting the flies off lol...oh the choice!!
    Well, yes, the choice is the thing. In Korat even before the 2 (not so new) malls opened, there was choice, same as in Bkk and the same for Hua Hin - too much choice sometimes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melnathan View Post
    As I understand it Tesco Thailand was set up as a Thai supermarket not to keep farangs happy. To rival Big C
    Whatever, it still doesn't make sense where there are large farang communities, not to cater for them. They do, after all, bring some farang goods over, such as biccies and a selection of their 'finest(?)' range. In Hua Hin, when Bluport / Gourmet Market was opening, Tesco's packed the shelves with all sorts of farang goodies, once they realised Gourmet Market wasn't a major threat to them, they went back to the limited stock they previously carried. It's actually one of the reasons I don't shop there, apart from hating the check out girls, surly staff, petty rules and sometimes difficult parking.

    It's worth pointing out that to most Thais it is 'Lotus' and not perceived as a foreign company. There was a reason Carrefour pulled out, primarily selling to BigC. I wonder who the alleged buyers for Tesco are?
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    For me... part of the attraction of living in Thailand is being able to purchase fresh produce on a daily basis. Never liked the big super markets (staff are generally treated poorly and the food they sell is mass produced). I try and support local producer first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caller View Post
    Whatever, it still doesn't make sense where there are large farang communities, not to cater for them.
    The supermarkets do this in England, if you go to a supermarket in Harrogate then go 10 miles up the road to Bradford/Leeds there is quite a difference in the food stock. It just seems like a logical profit making thing to do.

    That being said British and Thai logic can sometimes be a bit out of kilter

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    I hope they stay pretty much as they are if sold. We visit the Mae Sai one regularly, also Mae Chan. Both are excellent, and also in the building there are lots of other stores as well (KFC !). It feels like a bit of home in a foreign country, and I'm also confident of getting quality stuff as a rule.

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