London SE1 community website

Tesco Express to open next to Sainsbury’s Local in Waterloo Road

London SE1 website team

Rumours that Tesco is planning to open a convenience store next door to Sainsbury's Local in Waterloo Road have been confirmed by the supermarket giant.

Tesco Express to open next to Sainsbury’s Local in Waterloo Road

The new Tesco Express will replace the Bangalore Express restaurant which closed earlier this year.

Tesco does not require planning permission for the new shop itself but has now submitted applications to Lambeth Council in relation to the installation of a cash machine and ventilation equipment.

The Sainsbury's Local in Waterloo Road was that chain's first SE1 store when it opened 11 years ago.

News of the new store is the latest manifestation of the convenience store war being played out across the country. The battle seems to be particularly intense on the streets of SE1 where Sainsbury's recently opened opposite Tesco in Great Suffolk Street.

Now Tesco is retaliating with an Express store next to the 24-hour Sainsbury's shop in Waterloo Road.

The Waterloo Road Tesco Express store will be just 360 metres away from the chain's soon-to-open branch in The Cut and 380 metres from the Baylis Road store.

Lambeth Council recently negotiated an agreement with the developers of the Book Warehouse site at the corner of Waterloo Road and Baylis Road which prevents a convenience food store opening on that site in response to concerns about delivery vehicles blocking the road junction.


Is this a Tesco store too many?

Join the discussion right now
The SE1 website is supported by people like you
We are part of
Independent Community News Network
Email newsletter

For the latest local news and events direct to your inbox every Monday, you need our weekly email newsletter SE1 Direct.

7,000+ locals read it every week. Can you afford to miss out?

Read the latest issue before signing up

News archive from February 1999 to January 2001
Got a story for us?
Contact us with your tip-offs and story ideas.