Boost for jobs, charities and those in need across Battersea as Tesco launches new Express store


Tesco is getting ready to welcome customers to the opening of a new Express store in Battersea this week.

The Prince of Wales Drive Express store will open its doors on 26th February, and in addition to providing 15 new jobs, it brings with it food bank donations and funding opportunities for local good causes.

Gowthaman Selvarathnam, the store’s manager, said that supporting the community’s residents will be hugely important to store staff in the coming years.

He added: “The opening of the store will give a real boost to the community, not only offering people jobs, but the opportunity to learn and grow in their roles.

“It’s been a really difficult time for everyone over the last year, so we’re hugely excited to be opening the store and giving something back to the local area.

“The new team is bursting with talent and we all can’t wait to get started.

“We will of course also promote Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, with the aim of donating thousands of pounds for local good causes that can help the community to flourish.”

Local groups are invited to apply for community funding through Bags of Help, Tesco’s blue token voting 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.

To date Bags of Help has provided £6.1million to 2,622 projects across London since 2016, with over £87,000 of grants provided directly to 34 different groups in Battersea. Among the projects to benefit from the funding is Christ Church CE Primary School, which received £4,000 in 2019 to create a ‘Dream Garden’ for their pupils, families and the local community to use.