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Executives said they are still testing which products to carry and considering the optimal size for Express stores. The Gentry store includes a pharmacy and check-cashing service, but other locations may sell gas and other items. Fourteen additional pilot stores are under construction in North Carolina and Chicago and are expected to open later this year.
In February 2006, Tesco announced its intention to move into the United States market, opening a chain of grocery convenience stores on the West Coast (Arizona, California and Nevada) in 2007 named Fresh & Easy. The company established its U.S. headquarters in El Segundo, California at 2120 Park Place. The first store opened in November 2007 with 100 more expected in the first year. They plan to open a new one every two-and-a-half days in the United States, to mimic the successful expansion of pharmacy chains such as Walgreens in the U.S.