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Tesco store swaps veg for booze

A Tesco store in Reading, England, emptied aisles it previously reserved for fruit and vegetables — to make room for piles of beer and spirits.

A bit of a change: Stacks of vodka where there was previously fruit and veg
A bit of a change: Stacks of vodka where there was previously fruit and veg (Photo: Twitter)

Images from social media show the fruit and veg sections of the supermarket stocked-up with huge amounts of alcohol ahead of the Reading Festival – one of the biggest music events in the country – which took place over the weekend.

The Reading-West branch of Tesco is conveniently located for the event, being just a 15-minute walk away from the festival entrance where this weekend an estimated 250,000 people passed through to see headliners including Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stoneage.

A spokesperson for Tesco, commenting ahead of the rush, told The Daily Star the store estimated that an average of 35,000 people would be served each day over the course of the festival.

He said: “This is the biggest weekend of the year for our Reading West store — bigger than Christmas.

Shelves of Jaegermeister in place of salad, next to which sits its usual party-partner, Red Bull (Photo: Twitter)
Shelves of Jaegermeister in place of salad, next to which sits its usual party-partner, Red Bull (Photo: Twitter)

“We work really hard to make sure festival goers can get everything they need.

“We’ll continue to stock everything our regular customers need for their normal weekly shop.”

Photos of the shop’s transformation have spread across social media, showing aisles and aisles of festival favourites like Jagermeister, Strongbow cider and Fosters.

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