The Tesco & other non-Morrisons supermarket thread

james2001
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WillPS wrote:
Wed 14 Feb, 2018 09.57
Tesco are going to launch a 'discounter' Aldi/Lidl-like format: https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... i-and-lidl

There's talk that they're going to dig up an old brand for the chain; my money's on Wm Low...
Delamare maybe? I actually found an old Delamare label recently, I was going to scan it and post it here, but I forgot.
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all new Phil wrote:
Wed 14 Feb, 2018 18.39
Why can’t they just improve their own offering rather than try and imitate somebody else’s?

I don’t really understand who Tesco’s market is these days. Out of the big players, Asda have the cheap end sewn up, Sainsbury’s the quality-conscious, and Morrison’s the older/inbetweens. I don’t know where Tesco fits, apart from the one near me attracting people who are a bit rough and have questionable standards of personal hygiene. Their fixtures and fittings are by far the lowest quality, and there’s usually chavvy dance music blasting out of a portable stereo near the entrance.
I love Tesco. Their prices are keen across the board, the range is great (even in non-Extras), their own brand stuff is consistently decent quality and Clubcard is by far the best loyalty scheme.

Stores with the post-2013 fit out look great I think. Like all chains theres good and bad, but crikey it can't be worse than the Asda warehouse-style stuff.
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I think a lot depends on your local superstore - if it's located in a rubbish area/not a very nice store that's bound to change your perception of the chain as a whole. I hear a lot of people complaining about Co-op on here - but our local store's had an extensive refurb in the latest branding and it's excellent with a great range of nice products and helpful staff - before it was like shopping in a garden shed with staff nowhere to be seen. It's all chance really.

I have to say the most consistently rubbish supermarket I find is ASDA. Even new-build/refurbished stores are clinical and drab, they're in dire need of a complete rebrand (other than deciding to remove the meaningless Wal-Mart sun from the logo)
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I suppose you’re right that it depends on the area, however I travel about for work quite a bit and visit a few different stores and Tesco are definitely the most inconsistent. Sainsbury’s tend to be pretty consistent wherever you are on the other hand.
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all new Phil wrote:
Thu 15 Feb, 2018 00.07
I suppose you’re right that it depends on the area, however I travel about for work quite a bit and visit a few different stores and Tesco are definitely the most inconsistent. Sainsbury’s tend to be pretty consistent wherever you are on the other hand.
Trust me, there are some ropey Sainsbury's about! None left in the pre-1999 format but quite a few which haven't had a proper refit since 2000ish, and have only had light work to cover the Greenwich Blue.
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The Sainsbury's fuel stations at Meadowhall are still very much in the "making life taste better" phase - I suspect it was refitted in 1999 based on the fact that the totem pole still has four star listed. There's also a couple of ex-Jacksons store round here that are pretty awful.
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I find it odd that the addition of Argoses into Sainsburys seems to come at the expense of food ranges rather than non-food.
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Pete wrote:
Thu 15 Feb, 2018 19.10
I find it odd that the addition of Argoses into Sainsburys seems to come at the expense of food ranges rather than non-food.
Not on the Isle of Wight. Tech/Computing, book/cd ranges and the refund point were removed to make way for Argos. As such the dept now consists of a few drops of power banks, cables and computer accessories. All refunds done at the small customer service desk at the front.

The Sainsbury's supermarket in Alton, Hampshire has had it's customer service desk turned into a coffee bar (which is 5 metres away from the cafe!) and a dedicated main-bank till is now used for refunds and exchanges.
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Yeah same in Newport. The Argos was plonked pretty much where the old AV range was.

Also... Power banks... cables... computer accessories.... what use are they on the Isle of Wight?
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At my nearest Sainsbury's Argos Lloyd's Pharmacy, the Argos took up the space of the clothing section, which moved downstairs and took out the tech area, that had only been introduced 4 years before when they got their extension built.

At my nearest Sainsbury's Argos Lloyd's Pharmacy Habitat, the changes seem to have had less impact, but they have again only taken space from the non-food areas. The Habitat section was full of (still expensive) clearance items, and was dead as a doornail.

Both Argoses didn't seem to be terribly busy, but then the new system means that the item has often been picked before I've even paid for it. And the new tablets don't crash when you ask for it to sort from lowest to highest price, which helps.
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woah wrote:
Thu 15 Feb, 2018 18.28
There's also a couple of ex-Jacksons store round here that are pretty awful.
The one by my house (Truro Works?), appears to be closing this coming Sunday, which will be annoying as it leaves a fairly big gap where there's no convenience store (except the Spar in the station car park, and that's a proper dump).

I'm hoping it's for a much needed refurb, but the signage just says it's closing, so I'm not holding up much hope.
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