Finding Tesco Stores
You can find Tesco Stores using the Tesco store locator, but that's not the only option.
Using the Tesco store locator to find Tesco stores
- You can find Tesco stores using the Tesco store locator page on Tesco's website.
The Tesco store locator shows a map of the United Kingdom provided by bing, the Microsoft search engine. Bing's mapping capabilities are provided by a UK company called Multimap, who were taken over by Microsoft.
Don't be tempted to just start clicking the map to zoom into your home town! That unfortunately does not reveal the Tesco stores. Until Tesco and Multimap get their act together, you will have to find Tesco stores by entering the post code, or at least the name of the City, into the box beside the map.
Most cities tend to have an awful lot of Tesco stores, so to avoid a cluttered confusion try and use the full post code if possible. Once you have the Map with the Tesco stores you can zoom in and out and retain the stores on the map.
Finding Tesco stores using Google - or not
As you might imagine, Google have not taken the bing-Tesco store locator lying down. The main competition for Google Maps in the UK is Multimap, and Microsoft are, of course, Google's main competition in all areas.
I entered bridal stores into the Google search box and Google returned a map showing the locations of bridal shops near me. So then I tried entering Tesco stores... No map. No joy. Then I tried just entering Tesco. Joy!
- The moral of the story: don't get fancy with the search terms, just type the one obvious word and you are perhaps most likely to get back Map locations of what you are looking for.
Note that although Tesco/bing don't automatically know where I am, Google certainly do. I'm not sure if that is a plus or a minus.
Finding Tesco stores - which is best?
This article has shown you how to find Tesco stores using the two big beasts of the search & map world - Microsoft using Multimap/Bing search from the Tesco store locator, and Google using auto-locating Google Maps.
I suggest using both. Tesco often open new stores, and mapping software is always lacking some information. So Google may be lacking some information that the Tesco store locator knows about, or vice versa.
In using both systems, I've noticed that Bing Maps tends to deliver different street names to Google Maps. Not wrong street names, I quickly add, just different!
While Google Maps may give the name of the street going up beside the Tesco store, Bing maps may give the name of the street going across. Another good reason to use both!