is a hypermarket
chain in Thailand
(卜蜂莲花 Bo fēng liánhuā). In Thailand, the stores are operated by Ek-Chai Distribution System Co., Ltd.
Established in 1998, Tesco Lotus was a joint venture of the Charoen Pokphand
Group and Tesco
, the British
giant supermarket chain. However, facing criticism over the growth of hypermarkets
in Thailand, the CP Group sold its shares in Tesco Lotus in 2003, though it did retain interest in Tesco Lotus in China (which operates under the Lotus name with Tesco being a separate chain).
Tesco Lotus stores stock groceries (western and local products) as well as a selection of stationery, school supplies, clothing, shoes, electrical equipment and many other non-food products at very competitive prices that the small 7-Eleven
, Family Land and similar small stores cannot match. They also contain a bakery as well as a chemist/druggist department. The stores are often set in Malls and have food courts and many other shops and stalls available as well as a large car park. Temperatures are kept at a relatively cool 27C. Like their western cousin, Tesco Lotus has begun to offer a wide range of other services as well as their own credit cards.
In various locations within Thailand, Tesco Lotus Express stores (a smaller version of the Tesco Lotus supermarket) have opened at gas stations and on busy roadside locations. These stores stock a smaller range of goods, alongside refreshments, make-up, snacks, etc.
They have a total of 24......