Fresh & Easy has resumed opening new stores after Tesco put the brakes on expansion of its US operation for three months to tweak the stores' format. The 62nd outlet opened this week, in Manhattan Beach, California - less than a mile away from Tesco's US head office.

"So far, we have hired over 2,100 people and plan to hire hundreds more in the coming months," said chief executive Tim Mason, who oversaw the launch of Fresh & Easy last November.

Last week the company announced plans to hire 750 staff over the next three months for new stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. Next week its 63rd store will open, in Las Vegas.