Pete wrote: ↑Fri 18 Feb, 2022 18.25
that store is oddly large in general. was it formerly a sava centre perhaps?
do you need to be a costco member to use their petrol station?
The entire infrastructure around straiton and its retail parks is horrendous.
You probably already know there has been a Sainsbury's (and a former Homebase
- where Next is now) on that site for quite some time. Perhaps it was a bigger draw in the 90s than it is now. I still don't know why they didn't change the little link road after Homebase was demolished.
The Sainsbury's is a bit weird in that the store is big enough to have an Argos and Lloyds - but doesn't actually have as big a range of food as Cameron Toll (which was formerly the SavaCentre) or the Craigleith store. As an aside, all the online grocery orders for Edinburgh come from Cameron Toll no matter which bit of the city you live in.
The city council really dislike Straiton because it's just over the boundary in Midlothian, and that council have let the developers do what they like for years, which they argue has not only taken people out of the city but also created a mess.
It's also why about 4-5 clusters of different box stores
have all merged into one park, with bits of car parks everywhere. One slight improvement is that the little M&S has moved out of the little strip of shops where the Costa is, up to a massive food store in the main part of the park. It's rather nice and has a very big food range. The former M&S is becoming a Lidl.
The McDonald's is hilarious in that to avoid queues on the main road, you have to drive completely around all four sides of the building to get into the drive-thru lane. You then drive round the building to collect your order and exit, and if you decide to stay and eat in your car, you often face doing a third lap of the building to find a parking space...
That said, the whole place was really run down a few years back, so the current setup is an improvement. Quite hard to navigate though, and a recent multi-coloured light installation on yet another 'terrace'
is so bright and distracting you can see it miles away on the city bypass, including one colour-changing light strip that is frustratingly out of sync with all the others.
As for Costco, yes - you have to scan your membership card at the pump before you can get petrol. It's got 16 pumps as well, so when you also take into account the Asda round-the-corner, that's 40 fuel pumps within about 0.5 mile radius.
Oh, finally... IKEA isn't actually signposted from the Sainbury's side. All the main road signage puts you round the back of the store and into that silly little lane to enter the car park - which is why that right turn
you're doing is so difficult. They intentionally don't want you to approach from that side (mainly for queuing reasons again).