Tesco could be planning to expand its US c-store venture Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market beyond its West Coast heartland.

Asked whether Tesco was ruling out a move beyond the West Coast until after 2012, Tim Mason, CEO of Fresh & Easy, told the Financial Times: “I wouldn't say that.”

“We wouldn't do anything else until we have explained how we are doing here,” he added.

Fresh & Easy currently has more than 60 stores across California, Nevada and Arizona.