The cost of living crisis strikes again, as Tesco has raised the price of its meal deals for all shoppers, and people are absolutely livid about it.
Some are so devastated by the move that they’re even calling it the “final straw”.
The leading supermarket retailer is a place that workers are often seen making for in droves on their lunch break to grab themselves a bite to eat, along with a snack of their choice and a drink to wash it all down with – but it seems that tradition has now got a whole lot more expensive, and people are not happy about it.
The average price of a meal deal at most supermarkets was known to be around £3, but since the rising cost of living crisis has been continuing to make its impact felt nationwide, this price has been steadily climbing.
Tesco grabbed headlines for hiking the price of its meal deal up to £3.50 back in March of this year, but keeping it at £3 for those with a Clubcard, but now, the supermarket has taken it one step further – even for Clubcard customers.
The price of a meal deal has now jumped up from £3.50 to £3.90 for all customers, and then from the competitive £3 up to £3.40 for those with a Clubcard, which is the first time the loyalty card holders have seen changes to their meal deal price in quite some time.
This significant change comes after the Tesco meal deal has spent 10 years being priced at £3.
The supermarket revealed that more than 70% of its customers currently use a Clubcard, but with food prices said to be currently rising at their fastest rate in 42 years, it has presumably left the retailer with no choice but to hike the price.
Tesco insisted its meal deal still represented “great value”.
But since news of the price hike broke, hundreds of shoppers have been taking to social media to share their anger and remember the good old days of £3 meal deals.
“The UK is a shambles, but the news that hurt me the most is Tesco meal deals now being £3.90,” one shopper exclaimed on Twitter.
Another added: “TESCO MEAL DEAL PRICES INCREASING AGAIN?????? £3.40 WITH A CLUBCARD ????? cost of living crisis is so real,” while a third said: “Tesco meal deal is now £3.40 with clubcard?!?!?? MAKE IT STOP!!!”
“Seeing Tesco meal deals now cost £3.90 was my final straw,” another customer said.
Tesco has increased the cost of a meal deal just less than three weeks after claiming it was “inflating prices a little bit less and a little bit later” than its supermarket rivals, and comes after chains of all sizes continue to fiercely compete for market share.
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These three Greater Manchester Wilko stores are reopening as Poundlands this weekend
The first 10 Wilko stores to start new lives as Poundlands are reopening this weekend, and three of them are in Greater Manchester.
We all know by now that it’s been a turbulent couple of weeks for Wilko after it entered administration earlier last month, but after it was sadly announced back on 11 September that all of the retailer’s outlets across the UK would be forced to close, leaving around 12,500 jobs at risk, a glimmer of hope was offered.
And that glimmer of hope was that several dozen stores had been saved.
Only, they wouldn’t be remaining under the Wilko name, as they’d be reopening as another popular bargain retailer instead, and that’s because Pepco Group – the company which owns Poundland in the UK – managed to strike a deal with Wilko administrators PwC to take control of up to 71 store leases.
With lease assignments expected to be completed in the coming weeks, according to Pepco, this meant that the some 71 stores would join Poundland’s existing 800-plus UK outlets before 2023 is out.
Pepco Group published the full list of stores set for conversion earlier this month, and also confirmed it would be offering employment some of Wilko’s former employees – with it being good news for six Greater Manchester sites.
Altrincham, Bolton, Eccles, Sale, Leigh, and Stockport were confirmed to be the region’s towns set to get themselves a new Poundland, and Poundland added that it intends to convert the stores over to its brand “as soon as is practical”.
It turns out that window of practicality has arrived this weekend for three of those confirmed sites.
Among the 10 former Wilko branches across the UK that are set to start a new chapter and begin lives as Poundlands this weekend are sites at The Peel Centre in Stockport, The Mall in Eccles, and on Lord Street in Leigh.
It’s expected that dates for the new round of Poundland conversions will be announced in due course, as will news from PwC about the other deals it has struck for the Wilko name to live on.
You may remember that administrators had previously struck a deal for fellow discount chain B&M to buy 51 other Wilko stores, while another high street chain, The Range, had also confirmed a last-minute deal to buy Wilko’s brand last month.
The Range has bought Wilko’s website and intellectual property, so shoppers can expect to see Wilko own-brand items appear in The Range stores nationwide very soon.
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Iconic Sycamore Gap tree renamed ‘Sycamore Stump’ after heartbreaking vandalism
Someone has already changed the name of the iconic Sycamore Gap tree to ‘Sycamore Stump’ after it was felled in what’s believed to be an act of vandalism.
The famous tree was believed to be about 300 years old and was made famous when it appeared in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
It’s one of the most photographed trees in the world (Rockefeller’s Christmas tree might just edge that one) and has stood on Hadrian’s Wall for centuries.
But overnight on Wednesday, this world-famous tree was felled, leaving just a small stump behind.
Someone has already changed its name on Google Maps from Sycamore Gap to Sycamore Stump, echoing the public outcry over the tree’s disappearance.
The National Trust said on Thursday: “We are shocked and desperately saddened to learn that the famous Sycamore Gap tree at Hadrian’s Wall has been felled overnight, in what appears to be an act of vandalism.
“We know just how much this iconic tree is loved locally, nationally and by everyone who has visited.
“We are working with our partners to understand what has happened and what can be done. The incident has also been reported to the police.”
Police have now confirmed that a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.
Supt Kevin Waring of Northumbria police said: “This is a world-renowned landmark and the events of today have caused significant shock, sadness and anger throughout the local community and beyond.
“An investigation was immediately launched following this vandalism, and this afternoon we have arrested one suspect in connection with our inquiries.
“Given our investigation remains at a very early stage, we are keeping an open mind. I am appealing to the public for information to assist us – if you have seen or heard anything suspicious that may be of interest to us, please let us know.”