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Tesco is the world leading retailer in United Kingdom and has now entered the retail industry in Malaysia. Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. was established on 29 November 2001, partnering with Tesco Plc UK and Sime Darby Berhad. Sime Darby holds 30% of the total shares. The first Tesco hypermarket was opened in 2002, at Puchong, Selangor. Today, Tesco Malaysia has nearly 15,000 employees and 40 stores in Malaysia.
Following the acquisition of the Makro Cash and Carry business in Malaysia in December 2006, Tesco Malaysia started to operate in two formats which are Tesco Hypermarket and Tesco Extra Hypermarket.
Tesco Hypermarket is a place that offers customers a complete one stop shopping for their needs from fresh food to groceries, from household needs to apparel. It carries more than 60,000 lines of products including nearly 3,000 own brand of products ranging from food to non-food items.
Tesco Extra Hypermarket serves the needs of small businesses, families and individuals all under one roof by providing a comprehensive range of products and services focused for small businesses including bigger pack sizes, special trolleys and checkouts as well as a dedicated business development team to support small business owners with their orders (Tesco 2010).
Tesco Malaysia believes that their success depends on people, which include the people who shop with them and people who work with them. If customers like what was offered to them, they are more likely to come back and shop with Tesco again. If Tesco team find that their effort is rewarding, they are more likely to go that extra mile to help customers. (Tesco 2010).