Tesco has announced it will open eight new Fresh & Easy stores in Northern California in early 2011.

The stores, located in the San Francisco Bay Area and Modesto, will be Fresh & Easy’s first north of Fresno and will create about 160 jobs.

Next month Fresh & Easy will open another nine stores in California, including its 100th store in the state. This will bring its total number of stores for the chain to 168.

“We’re excited to continue opening new stores and creating jobs throughout California,” said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy CEO. “Customers love our stores and we are eager to introduce Northern California to Fresh & Easy and our fresh, wholesome food at affordable prices.”