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Food for thought: bringing the office, and lunch, closer to home

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Food for thought: bringing the office, and lunch, closer to home

With online shopping deliveries rising, supermarkets are monetising excess store space by turning it into office space

Katie Linsell and Charles Capel

For thousands of workers, the pandemic has upended the traditional office-based nine to five. Now even supermarkets are offering space to people who want to work closer to home.  

Tesco, the UK’s biggest grocer, has teamed up with IWG, the flexible-office company, to convert excess space in a supermarket into a work hub. The site, a mezzanine floor inside a Tesco Extra store in New Malden, south London, will house 12 desks, 30 co-working spaces and a meeting room. 

Even as pandemic restrictions ease and employers seek to woo their staff back to the office, the shift to hybrid working looks set to continue. Employees are looking to keep the flexibility of working at or near home and for some employers it’s an opportunity to save money previously spent on pricey rent in city centres.  ..

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