Tesco defends stake in 'indie' coffee chain

Hannah Ricci

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The boss of Tesco has spoken out to defend the supermarket's stake in a coffee shop business, which appears to be independently owned.

Customers of Harris + Hoole – a chain of coffee shops popping up across London and the south east – reportedly feel duped by the pared-back indie brand image only to discover it is 49% owned by the supermarket giant.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%