Tesco entered Poland in 1995. By 2012 it had 412 stores up from 111 stores in August 2006. This rapid expansion was in part due to Tesco's purchase of the French company Casino’s Polish retail chain Price Leader. Tesco was also believed to be interested in buying the Dutch chain Ahold’s 194 stores in Poland, however, in December 2006 Ahold sold the stores to Carrefour (see an article in the Evening Standard).
In April 2012, Tesco announced it would be reviewing its operations in Poland, with job losses rumoured.
The acquisition of smaller stores has seen the average floorspace of Tesco's stores in Poland fall from 47,000 sq ft to 21617 sq ft.
The Polish government has criticised Tesco and the other major retailer chains, and has threatened to introduce measures to halt supermarket expansion and Sunday opening(see an article in The Guardian).