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jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: April 4th, 2004 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent post! Often the most entertaining ones are about the little details, the nothings in particular.

I would respectfully offer another perspective on your reflections about space; this is a judgment to be made on a store-by-store basis. We have at least four Asdae within spitting distance of here, though unfortunately the three closest are all about three or four miles away. The fourth is up in Hartlepool, about 25 minutes up the road, and is the size of a small aircraft hangar. It has long aisles and masses of space between them. (It doesn't actually have more different products on sale, as far as I can tell, and it doesn't even have more aisles - it just has more of each particular item on sale, and accordingly looks very grand.) Even the clothing departments are disappointingly similar; we had a grand tour of three of them one particular night in January (and I mean night - 24-hour supermarket opening is a great thing). Unfortunately even the megastore didn't have the particular cheap pin-striped jacket in the right size, like its smaller counterparts.
nja From: nja Date: April 4th, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would respectfully offer another perspective on your reflections about space; this is a judgment to be made on a store-by-store basis.

And other judgements. I use four Sainsburys in Leicester quite frequently. The one in the centre is used by people buying last-minute evening meals (so a lot of ready-made food) and the sort of people who have to use the bus to do their shopping (so a lot of economy lines). I'm more the former these days, but I was definitely in the latter camp for many years. There's a definite council estate ambience in this one, a lot of refugees too.

The one on Belgrave Rd is fresh coriander land (I used to be able to buy huge bunches of it in there before it became a common sight in any supermarket). All sorts of odd Indian veg, umpteen varieties of lentil, etc. I used to live just up the road from this one, I bump into Asian colleagues whenever I go in there.

The one in Oadby is a drizzle of basil-infused olive oil on your handmade gluten-free pasta. Lots of hideously expensive dried mushrooms, the bakery section hardly has any sliced bread but plenty of rustic loaves.

The big one on Fosse Park is for people doing the weekly shop in their 4x4, huge packs of everything and 24 hour opening. (And it's just over the road from Borders, so I end up buying 20 quid's worth of shopping and 50 quid's worth of books).
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