A big bash is planned for tomorrow night at the new store in Glassell Park. It's one of half-dozen or so stores that open officially on Thursday. And in case you didn't think this was a big deal for F&E parent Tesco, the British-based grocery giant, Curbed LA says that company CEO Sir Terry Leahy will be on hand, along with members of Tesco's board. Meanwhile, a F&E store in Hemet has been working out the kinks in what they call a “soft opening,” and an enthusiastic reader at Metroblogging provides a boosterish preview:
Checkout is all self-service with conveyor belts. Also they sell heavy duty plastic bags for 20 cents that if the bag wears out they will replace for life. Prepared food section is huge and appealing. I would guess about 10-15 times larger than Trader Joe's. The fresh chicken bowls including curry (red or green priced at $3.99 for 17oz) and mango chicken looked great. I usually won't eat prepared sushi but tried some spicy tuna rolls $3.99 for 8oz. I actually liked the sushi and the included expanding chopsticks were neat.