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Tesco Names New Clothing Chief

CHESHUNT, England -- In move to further build on the success of its nonfood business, top U.K. food retailer Tesco has named Terry Green its new chief executive of clothing, according to published reports. He succeeds John Hoerner, who will now work to develop a template for the company's European clothing business.

A veteran of the clothes business, Green has previously served as chief executive of Debenhams, Allders, Topshop, and Bhs.

According to Tesco commercial and trading director Richard Brasher, "Our clothing business has seen fantastic growth in recent years as more customers discover the great value and style of Cherokee, Florence and Fred, and Value clothing. With John Hoerner and now Terry Green, we have two of the most experienced fashion retailers in the business, whose combined expertise along with our clothing team will ensure that this growth continues in the U.K. and increasingly in our overseas markets."

"I have watched the growth of supermarket clothing over many years and am truly impressed by what Tesco has achieved," noted Green. "Its broad appeal means there is something for everyone, whether they are followers of fashion, on a budget, or seeking something special. I look forward to growing the business even further."

In other Tesco news, to efficiently serve customers at all hours -- especially during busy lunchtimes and after-work peaks -- a Tesco Metro store in London has converted 60 percent of its lanes to self-checkout.

"Self-checkout has proved very popular with customers in other stores," said Jonathan Yelland, team leader for self-checkout at Tesco, which has employed NCR's FastLane self-checkout units at the Metro location. "It will provide busy office workers in Cheapside with a convenient service and give them a choice of how to pay."

Tesco Metro stores are smaller outlets located in urban shopping districts, as compared with Tesco Superstores (supermarkets) and Tesco Extra Stores (hypermarkets).

Tesco is leading Europe in the implementation of self-checkout technology, according to the retailer. The company currently has self-checkout in 137 stores and intends to extend this number to 220 by the end of the year.
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