Tesco Express Ben Rhydding will reopen by August after closing for refurbishment. The convenience store and Esso petrol station on Leeds Road served its last customers before the refit at 4pm on Sunday 25th June, informing shoppers its doors would close for “around five weeks” whilst the work was undertaken.
The retail giant owns two shops in LS29, and the Ben Rhydding unit follows in the footsteps of its supermarket sister, which recently unveiled a new look. The larger store, on Springs Lane in Ilkley, invited local unsung hero Lynnda Smith to cut the ribbon on the refit, in honour of her tireless charity fundraising efforts.
Why Tesco Express Ben Rhydding is so Popular
The location of the store on the main route through LS29, not to mention the road that connects Leeds and Bradford with the Dales, makes it hugely convenient for emergency loaves and bottles of milk. Add to the fact that you can combine a pit stop for petrol with these mercy missions and it becomes obvious why some will be eagerly counting down the days until August.
Customers took to social media to share their dismay at the news:
Others couldn’t quite believe the timeline for refitting such a small shop:
@Tesco 5 weeks? What are you doing building a new one from Scratch?
— Iain McDonell (@ilkleyIain) June 26, 2017
Tesco recently announced plans to compensate shareholders who suffered financial losses due to the recent accounting scandal. Share prices plummeted when the company admitted it had knowingly overstated profits. The Financial Conduct Authority ordered it to return 24.5p per share, plus 4% interest.
Take a look at This is Ilkley’s survival guide if the closure has thrown your last-minute shopping plans into disarray. Also, keep an eye on these pages to find out information on the reopening as soon as details are released.