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Sainsbury's is broken AICMFP [May. 16th, 2003|03:53 pm]
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Yesterday I ran out of milk, salad and a few other things, so I decided it was about time to go visit a supermarket, as opposed to just making a quick sprint round to the co-op (as would be called for by only running out of one such thing).

Now for a short digression. Way back in my first year, I experimented with going to the Tesco's on Cowley road. It's nice a big, stocks lots of things, has quite short queues etc. However, it's just the wrong way. As such, for most of my time as an undergrad I've gone to the Sainsbury's in the centre of town (the westgate one). Small, crowded, but stocks most of what I want at an OK price, and I'm always going quite close to it. Oh, and I used to go to the co-op in the centre, until the evil people shut it....

Since living out and actually cooking, I've unsuprisingly found the need to shop more. My choices are the co-op on Walton Steet (very close, stocks many of the things you want, sells out by about 6pm, shortish queues, quite pricey) or the Sainsburies in town (not too far off, has everything you want, normally stocked, ok prices, monster queues). As I tend to shop by bike, I've been tending to go to the co-op every few days for small things, and Sainsbury's once or twice a week.

Anyway, I really had to go to Sainsbury's this lunchtime, so I had some things to eat. I was quite dreading the 20 minute queue to pay which seems quite common at lunchtimes (it's only a bad day if the queues stretch back beyond the first set of ailses....). I'd almost tried shopping in Tesco's last night (stopped in to get munchings on the way back to Hilary's), but decided against it. I finally summoned the enthusiasm, and treked over there just before lunch.

There was no queues.

Most most most odd. I did my shopping, with the normal amounts of people in the store. Went to pay, and there were three checkouts (three, yes three, count them!) without anyone waiting! Wow!

That's better than Tesco's on Cowley Road at midnight.

What has gone on? Sainsbury's is broken! They've actually hired enough staff for once...

They knew I'd been having thoughts about shopping at the Cowley road Tesco's, with it's lack of queues (and excessive amounts of Organic food, but that's a different matter). I might even end up going there more often now (instead of the co-op), since it is cheaper, and you no longer need to queue.

Only question is, how long before the sack everyone, and it get's bad again?

[User Picture]From: coalescent
2003-05-16 08:04 am (UTC)
It's a sign of the apocalypse, you mark my words.
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From: (Anonymous)
2003-05-19 12:26 pm (UTC)


It's pants again. Queues up to the back half of the shop. The store's a mess and falling to bits. I'd use the new Sainsburys - open till 11pm and never queues at that time of night. Cause, it's even more expensive but it's still good value compared to M&S!

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From: gagravarr
2003-05-20 04:46 am (UTC)

Re: Nope

Never has any special offers, hardly stocks anything (well, more than the one near GS did, but only just), and is very expensive...

Maybe an option when I have a job, not now :-(

In other news, went to the massive Sainsbury's on the ring road on Sunday. Shockingly different - more stuff than you could possibly want, loads of offers, small queues etc. Roll on having a car, I say!
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