Fresh and Easy is Now Sold and Pending

By On September 10, 2013

In April of 2010, Fresh & Easy opened its 150th location here in Burbank at Verdugo and Reese and then opened up a smaller version about two years later at Victory and Buena Vista.

The Yucaipa Companies LLC, a U.S. based private investment firm today announced that is it purchasing Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market from United Kingdom based Tesco PLC.

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Gary Bric, who was serving as Mayor when the store opened in 2010, addresses the public (Photo Courtesy Fast & Easy)

The Fresh & Easy assets include a world class infrastructure designed to facilitate the manufacture and distribution of high-quality, fresh products to every store, every day. This capability gives Fresh & Easy the ability to provide the highest level of freshness and convenience available.

Yucaipa’s purchase is expected to be complete within three months, in the meantime it is business as usual for most Fresh & Easy stores.

Philip Clarke, CEO of Tesco, said, “The decision we are announcing today represents the best outcome for Tesco shareholders and Fresh & Easy’s stakeholders. It offers us an orderly and efficient exit from the US market, while protecting the jobs of more than 4,000 colleagues at Fresh & Easy.”

Ron Burkle, Managing Partner of Yucaipa said, “Fresh & Easy is a tremendous foundation. Tesco should be applauded for giving their customers an affordable, healthy, convenient shopping experience. Its dedicated employees and great base of customers give us a solid starting point to complete Tesco’s vision with some changes that we think will make it even more relevant to today’s consumer. We plan on continuing to build Fresh & Easy into a “next-generation convenience retail experience,” providing busy consumers with more local and healthy access for their daily needs.”