Boost for charities and communities across Wimbledon as Tesco opens new store


Tesco colleagues have welcomed the first customers to their new store in Wimbledon.

The brand-new store on Beaumont Road opened its doors last week and in addition to serving the local community with a wide range of fresh food and other supplies, the store team will also be working hard to support local charities and good causes.

With more than 20 years of retail experience under his belt, Hardish Patel, the store’s manager says he and his team are excited to open the new store which stocks goods including fresh and frozen food, drinks and household items.

Mr Patel said: “Although it has been a difficult time for many, we’re hugely excited to be opening our Wimbledon Beaumont Road store. It will provide a real boost for the area, creating nine new jobs and helping to employ and train local people.”

He added: “We’re also excited about encouraging our customers to take part in our community initiatives too by voting in store for local good causes that can benefit financially from our Tesco’s Community Grants scheme.”

Since 2016, 41 local groups have received £79,233 through Tesco Community Grants. Local groups are invited to apply for community funding through the scheme which sees three local projects voted on by customers in store every three months, with first place awarded £2,000, second place £1,000 and third place £500.

The store will also donate surplus food via the Tesco Community Food Connection scheme run in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare. Each day Tesco redistributes surplus food from its stores across the UK to provide millions of meals to charities every year.

104,906 meals have already been donated in the Wimbledon area through Community Food Connection since the scheme began in 2015.