One Stop 10th Tesco-owned store in Lincoln

The One Stop store located on Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln, re-opened on June 2 after undergoing refurbishment.

The store, which is now owned by Tesco, previously belonged to Mills Group and was closed for a revamp. One Stop has been wholly owned by Tesco since 2003 but run as a separate business.

Tesco bought the 77 stores Mills Group owned in December 2010 bringing the total number of One-Stop stores in England and Wales to 598.

The deal was controversial and sparked a reaction from the Association of Convenience Stores regarding the rate at which Tesco was expanding.

This Swanpool store is one of three new Tesco owned stores to have opened in Lincoln in the last two weeks.

The others were a One Stop in Ermine and a Tesco Express on the High Street.

With the opening of these new outlets, there are now a total of 10 Tesco-owned stores in Lincoln within a three-mile radius.

Tony Reed, CEO of One Stop, said: “Acquiring the Mills store on Skellingthorpe Road in Swanpool means we can introduce One Stop’s quality, range and value to the local community.”

“We’ve made a significant investment in refurbishing the store, creating a better shopping experience. I’m also happy to confirm that we have been able to bring down prices and delighted to be able to welcome our customers to come in and look around.”

“The change in ownership is also great news for the store’s staff, as all of the original Mills team have been able to continue in their positions in the new One Stop store.”