Tesco currently operates in 13 countries. No other British-based supermarket chain has operations overseas. To read about Tesco’s activity in a certain country, please click on that country on the map. After a gradual expansion into Ireland and an unsuccessful expansion into France in the 1990s, Tesco began a rapid expansion in the late 1990s into emerging markets focusing on Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. These areas have relatively undeveloped grocery retail markets but ones that are changing rapidly giving Tesco major opportunities.
The majority of Tesco’s stores are still in the UK – 3, 376 out of 6, 351 stores as of April 2012. However, in many countries it is far more geared towards large format hypermarkets than in the UK, so that only around a third of Tesco’s floorspace is actually in the UK.
RED = Countries with planned or speculated future Tesco operations.
GREEN = Countries from which Tesco has withdrawn.