JAS84 wrote: ↑Thu 08 Nov, 2018 16.24 The Folkestone branch has burnt down.
The bulldozers moved in fast (credit: Kent Online).
I found this pic (credit: Dreadnought Tiles) showing the same corner of the building. I'm guessing it was one of the early Safeways, when it was still owned by Safeway USA. I can imagine how prestigious it must have looked when it first opened.
Trying to decide on a new morrisons themed header image and this is in the top 3
"He has to be larger than bacon"
The header has made me feel nostalgic. Do these photos exist anywhere still?rdobbie wrote: ↑Fri 19 Oct, 2007 17.24 I've just spent a few days in Spain and popped into Gibraltar, where a visit to check out their local Morrisons was a must.
Hope these pics are of some interest to other sad anoraks like myself. It was very weird to come across something as British as Morrisons buried so deeply in the most southern tip of Europe, especially with so many relics of the Safeway era still in operation.
The products on sale were a strange 50/50 mixture of Spanish brands and Morrisons own brands. Another strange juxtaposition was seeing the usual Morrisons food being served in the coffee shop, but with a range of Spanish beers also being sold on draught.
Also, how about that Safeway/Morrisons/Somerfield hybrid?
They seemed to be doing a gradual conversion while keeping the store open, unlike the conversions on the mainland where they closed the stores for about a week to obliterate every trace of Safeway.
Maybe they couldn't do the Gibraltar store in such a quick blast because of the border/distance issues with the new signage and shopfittings.
On a related note, my local Lidl recently had a minor refit (it only opened 4 years ago) and I was surprised to see a German shopfitting company doing the work, with several German-registered Transit vans in the car park. I wonder why Lidl found that cost-effective, compared to using British shopfitters? I'd have thought the cost of cross-channel transport for the vehicles, and accommodation for the workers, would be quite high.