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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Tesco-owned Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets plans to open seven Northern California stores in early 2011 - in San Francisco, San Jose, Danville, Pacifica, Vacaville, Walnut Creek and Concord.

Fresh & Easy has opened 160 of the small-format stores since first opening, all of them in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. The company has been delaying its Northern California offensive because the recessionary economy has proven tough to navigate; Fresh & Easy slowed its opening plans and tweaked the format in response to a certain amount of consumer antipathy.
KC's View:
Some people keep predicting that Tesco is going to bail out one of these days, but this move suggests what I’ve always felt - that Tesco has plenty of money and even more patience.