Store gallery: Tesco unveils first city-centre cashless store

Tesco cashless store, High Holborn

Tesco has opened a cashless store as the number of customers paying with physical money declines in its Express stores. The store format in High Holborn, central London, is the second of its kind.

The first cashless store opened in Welwyn Garden City at Tesco’s headquarters in 2018 so its colleagues could test the new format, though it was also accessible to the general public.

The High Holborn store features everything you would expect from a regular Tesco Express including several self-service checkouts and a kiosk desk for the Lottery and cigarette purchases – the only difference is you can only pay by card or with the Tesco pay app.

Like the store in Welwyn Garden City, the London version is operating on a trial basis so the big-four grocer can gather customer feedback. There are currently no plans to roll out more cashless stores.

A Tesco spokesperson said: We’re pleased to be opening this cashless store in High Holborn to help customers checkout and pay quickly. This is our second entirely cash-free store. We are looking forward to hearing customer feedback.”


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