Did you know that there used to be a Tesco inside the Queensmere shopping centre in Slough? This was back in the 1970s, and it would have been where the school uniform shop ‘Diffusion’ and the £5 store ‘Vintage Noir’ is (next to B&M, opposite The Works and The Body Shop).
Slough locals have inspired this post. Their tales of this Tesco in a local Facebook group painted such a vivid picture, I just had to share.
“Tesco was next to C&A. I loved the toy department downstairs. I remember the tobacco kiosk at the entrance. Does anyone remember those Kinder Surprise like things they sold? They were round, quite big. The top was transparent & had sweets in it & below it had a toy. They were fantastic. Sold upstairs not in toy area. HMV would form half of the Tesco space when it moved on & All Sports the other half. The latter kept the Tesco stairs that went down to their part of shop.” Thomas J.
“I remember going in there with my nan – her racing to get in to get a ticket out of the machine for the deli counter queue!” Stevens H.
“I worked there as a Saturday girl before I left school. They made us wear horrible tan tights as part of the uniform and we had to pull the shopping down manually, no moving belts then at the tills, really hard on your shoulders” Haggerty N.
“We used to shop there Sat morning. Missus would go to the Chelsea Coffee House for a cuppa and I would go for a quick pint in the Kingfisher, then home – ahh good old days” Ballantyne C.
“I worked there and may have been one of the first multi skilled staff as they put me everywhere. Checkouts both on the till and supervisor, cheese and cold meat counter, stacking shelves, even the cash office. Only contracted for 8 hours so learnt a lot very quickly.” Shelley L.
I first noticed the floor inside Vintage Noir when it was a pop-up Toys R Us store in 2014 (HMV previously but they had carpet over the tiles). It looked so old but familiar, that I took a photo of it and asked in the Slough Facebook group. And they confirmed this was the original Tesco floor.
Here’s a close-up – do you recognise it?
Over in Diffusion next door, which used to be All Sports, they have stairs down to a lower floor which indeed looks like Tesco flooring.
“There was a downstairs…one side stairs, the other side escalator …there is a school shop there now” Smith J.
Looking at this photo, you can see the curved handrail to the right does look like the side of an escalator.
Downstairs was clothing, home and toys.
“I remember going downstairs to buy my white plimsoles which had a red stripe all the way around it for school” Hothi S.
“I went there shopping every Saturday and downstairs they had childrens school clothes” Kopicki T.
And although this particular memory is more about Waitrose (which would have been where the Observatory shopping centre is today), I found it quite amusing. The lunch hour rush was just the same in the old days.
“I remember Tesco and when I worked at ICI we used to rush down to Waitrose to buy the fresh salad for lunch – although not far, it was quite a race there and back in an hour!” Smith H.
This is how I imagine the Tesco would have looked, using my photoshop magic.
Until quite recently, there was a surviving 1970s Tesco sign still in use over in Edmonton Green (see below) – so you can imagine this is how the Tesco inside Queensmere Slough would have looked.
So there you have it, a little bit of Slough history. Did you know there was a Tesco inside Queensmere? Do you remember it and have any tales to tell? Let us know in the comments.