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by cwathen
Thu 20 Aug, 2020 12.45
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: High Street chain collapse sweepstake
Replies: 1718
Views: 407601

Re: High Street chain collapse sweepstake

Possibly depends on area then? In Bristol they have no standalone stores open. And in fact at a Sainsbury's on a retail park which also has a standalone Argos on it, rather than reopen the Argos they have instead started running a pop up Argos click & collect operation (with Argos staff - or in Argo...
by cwathen
Thu 20 Aug, 2020 11.14
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: High Street chain collapse sweepstake
Replies: 1718
Views: 407601

Re: High Street chain collapse sweepstake

Is Argos done for as a standalone operation I wonder? Obviously following the Sainsbury's acquisition rationalisation of the store estate was inevitable (and indeed well underway, with a number of high street locations being closed and 'moved' to a Sainsbury's several miles away) but their actions d...
by cwathen
Wed 19 Aug, 2020 10.36
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Jill Dando
Replies: 4
Views: 651

Re: Jill Dando

This is a bit random after 21 years! I can't seen Jill Dando being on any big hit lists. Most likely if not Barry George then stalker/nutcase/obsessive fan/combination thereof. We may never know.
by cwathen
Sun 02 Aug, 2020 20.40
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Another High Street Rebrand
Replies: 2256
Views: 601532

Re: Another High Street Rebrand

Wetherspoons staff weren't fired, were they? Basically, Tim Martin badly delivered a long, rambling speech which was equally badly written (I would suggest whilst either a bit drunk or a bit hungover). At the end of it, he said if any of his staff wanted to go and work for a supermarket for Tesco h...
by cwathen
Tue 28 Jul, 2020 21.11
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Another High Street Rebrand
Replies: 2256
Views: 601532

Re: Another High Street Rebrand

Funny that. Until last year I really liked the Village brand, I felt you got a lot for your money even if the hotels lacked air con - they were n a good step up from Premier Inn for not a lot more money. Then they took the Tassimo machines out. Then they took the glasses out (because guests can dri...
by cwathen
Tue 21 Jul, 2020 21.08
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 225
Views: 27569

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

I noticed some of the bus operators let you print off a self-declared exemption card you can show to the driver (if you want), but I don't think other people are really all that bothered. I have it on good authority that First Bristol have told drivers that they can 'remind' passengers of the need ...
by cwathen
Thu 09 Jul, 2020 21.34
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 225
Views: 27569

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

Also, confirmation from Tesco today that they’re ditching the one-way system and the dedicated shopping hours for the elderly and NHS staff. I think this is incredibly short-sighted. I don’t believe there’s sufficient public confidence to do away with the dedicated shopping hour. My parents I have ...
by cwathen
Sun 05 Jul, 2020 20.24
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus - Strange times
Replies: 225
Views: 27569

Re: Coronavirus - Strange times

I think the variations on providing contact details are down to another case of the terms 'guidance' and 'rules' being used interchangeably by the government, with it not really being clear what is and isn't law. Wetherspoons are requesting contact details on paper forms which are held in pubs, but ...
by cwathen
Tue 05 May, 2020 10.10
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: High Street chain collapse sweepstake
Replies: 1718
Views: 407601

Re: High Street chain collapse sweepstake

People hugely underestimate how much money businesses are losing right now. Pretty much the entire hospitality industry has no revenue coming in, but still has rent and bills to pay along with the wages of anyone not furloughed (as all will need some employees still working - those who work the soc...
by cwathen
Thu 23 Apr, 2020 22.01
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The Tesco & other non-Morrisons supermarket thread
Replies: 1658
Views: 476495

Re: The Tesco & other non-Morrisons supermarket thread

Waitrose near me have just made part of the store one way, barriering off parts so people have to follow it. In all honesty it was better without, as now it creates a backlog when one person stops right in the middle of the aisle (as many of their predominantly boomer audience seem to enjoy doing)....
by cwathen
Thu 23 Apr, 2020 21.05
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The Tesco & other non-Morrisons supermarket thread
Replies: 1658
Views: 476495

Re: The Tesco & other non-Morrisons supermarket thread

Sainsbury's now moving 'the vast majority' of their full size supermarkets to close at 10PM by next week along with petrol station kiosks reopening and convenience stores starting to go back to 11PM. Also a pledge to introduce additional screens for staff to enable more manned checkouts to be open. ...