Tesco is Britain’s biggest retailer, operating businesses in the UK, Ireland, Europe and Asia. Founded as a group of market stalls by the legendary Sir Jack Cohen in 1919, the Tesco name first appeared five years later, after Cohen bought a shipment of tea from TE Stockwell. He merged those initials with the first two letters of his surname to come up with the now famous retail name. Tesco has grown to more than 3,000 stores in its core British market, operating across a number of concepts including its Extra hypermarkets, superstores and smaller Express and Metro convenience formats, as well as online via Tesco.com. In addition to its core grocery business, Tesco owns the F&F clothing label and homewares brands Fox & Ivy and Go Cook.