“He [Roger] returned with a 500g tub of Lurpak which was well-received until he told me that it had cost £4.20,” Chris added.
“The same item can be purchased in a larger Tesco for £3.75 and so I started to check as to why the much higher price and Tesco claims that this is because smaller Tesco’s e.g. Local and Express cost more to run, so some items carry an increased cost but ‘remain competitive’.
“I think this particular increased cost is far from ‘competitive’. In fact, a quick check of other stores shows £4.20 to be exorbitant. The same product in Asda is £2.50 and at £4.20 Tesco are charging £1.45 more than the price one would pay in Waitrose.”
The mum, who visited the Tesco Express in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, continued:”At the moment people are scared to go into big stores or into town or they’re on a fixed budget because of the pandemic, it’s wicked.
“Anyone who’s constrained to use these [Express stores] or think it’s a good idea, they’re really being penalised by not being able to go to a larger store and during the pandemic it’s disgraceful.
“To me it smacks of inequality, what really annoyed me was that about a week ago I drove to Morrisons and bought two of these items for £5 so, for an extra 80p, I got double the quantity.”
Chris has since looked at consumer site Which? and found people who shop predominantly in smaller ‘local’ or ‘express’ stores are paying nearly £300 more on their groceries, annually, than those who are able to buy the same products in a larger supermarket.
Most Tesco Expresses, the smaller of the supermarket’s ranges, are found on or near housing estates or business areas.
“This shop is very close to a large housing estate and if any residents, because of the pandemic, are unable or unwilling to travel to a larger store or, in these straitened times they are managing on a limited income, they are paying a very high price for having to stay local and shopping in Tesco Express,” Chris, of Shepley, West Yorkshire, said.
Tesco were approached for comment by Yorkshire Live.