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*End Is Forever*
04-08-2005, 10:11:56
:confused:

Tizzy
04-08-2005, 10:14:32
Why not?

Funko
04-08-2005, 10:15:16
Does he mean because Waitrose is a relatively posh/expensive supermarket and Hull is a piss poor shit hole?

Spartak@work
04-08-2005, 10:25:17
Dunno but I agree with Tizzy.

Tizzy
04-08-2005, 10:31:07
There's an M&S in Kilmarnock.
Therefore anything is possible.

Funko
04-08-2005, 10:31:38
Yeah, but it doesn't have anything in it. -FACT.

Funko
04-08-2005, 10:32:14
My point was really that I think he was just trying to offend Rich. :)

The Norks
04-08-2005, 11:20:58
I always thought Waitrose was a southern venture, so it is a bit odd. Their big depot is in Bracknell in fact. Weird.

alsieboo
04-08-2005, 13:10:05
Waitrose is pants. Well not really, but I'm a tesco whore, so what do you expect

Funko
04-08-2005, 13:10:27
good to see them expanding their value range.

Oerdin
04-08-2005, 13:16:43
Originally posted by Tizzy
There's an M&S in Kilmarnock.
Therefore anything is possible.

I've never been there. My dad's from there though and his family from there came to visit us before.

Tizzy
04-08-2005, 13:20:49
It's where I spent most of my teenage years.

Funko
04-08-2005, 13:22:41
In Marks and Spencers?

Nav
04-08-2005, 14:03:24
Must have been an exciting place to hangout! 'Down linen isle'

Scabrous Birdseed
04-08-2005, 14:05:11
Why is there a Co-op in Tang Hall?

protein
04-08-2005, 14:05:44
Gayest thread ever.

*End Is Forever*
04-08-2005, 14:22:46
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
Why is there a Co-op in Tang Hall?

...because if there wasn't, it'd be a long walk from my girlfriend's old house to the next nearest shop.

Scabrous Birdseed
04-08-2005, 14:36:02
Oh it's a good shop, with a decent selection and late hours on sundays which I'm not sure how they get away with. I'm just wondering what it's doing in an area whose social makeup would suggest Iceland or something.

novacane
04-08-2005, 14:48:30
Originally posted by Funko
good to see them expanding their value range. :lol:

Fergus & The Brazen Car
04-08-2005, 14:55:08
Why is there a Hull in England ?

King_Ghidra
04-08-2005, 15:32:41
Well, for every heaven there's a hull

Oerdin
04-08-2005, 16:10:07
Aren't your super markets open 24 hours like ours are?

King_Ghidra
04-08-2005, 16:13:43
some, but they are the minority

the little ones attached to petrol stations are the most common 24hr stores. Not too many of the big super markets are open 24hrs.

Oerdin
04-08-2005, 16:15:22
I'm surprised because most markets have a night staff which stock the shelves and tidy up so it makes sense to keep the doors open. I mean the staff is already there.

Tizzy
04-08-2005, 16:20:26
The ones near me are 24hr during the week, but close at midnight on Saturday and just do normal Sunday hours (10-4), opening again about 7am on Monday.

In Scotland the bigger ones are 24hr all the time, only closing on Christmas Day and things like that.

Funko
04-08-2005, 17:07:22
Originally posted by Oerdin
I'm surprised because most markets have a night staff which stock the shelves and tidy up so it makes sense to keep the doors open. I mean the staff is already there.

If they are checking people out they aren't stacking.

Costs supermarkets here money to open 24/7 so the ones that do only do it as kind of a loss leader.

Oerdin
04-08-2005, 17:15:39
Originally posted by Funko
If they are checking people out they aren't stacking.

Costs supermarkets here money to open 24/7 so the ones that do only do it as kind of a loss leader.

Ussually there aren't that many people who come in late at night so the stockers will stop what there doing, ring up the costumer, then go back to what they were doing.

Provost Harrison
04-08-2005, 18:22:17
Why is there a Waitrose in Hull?

That's rich coming from someone from Salford...

Actually IIRC, the Waitrose is in Willerby which is to the west of Hull which is, believe it or not, a fairly affluent area. And the MP is the twattish feature of another thread here, David Davis...

Provost Harrison
04-08-2005, 18:23:44
Yeah, most of the bigger supermarkets are open 24 hours...

Lazarus and the Gimp
04-08-2005, 20:02:26
As a grim town, Hull is overrated. It's not that bad.

I place it well behind Toxteth, Barrow-in-Furness and Bridgwater.

Lazarus and the Gimp
04-08-2005, 20:03:21
In fact, I've not seen any areas of Hull as bad as Bristol's Knowle West, either.

MOBIUS
04-08-2005, 22:25:16
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
I'm just wondering what it's doing in an area whose social makeup would suggest Iceland or something.

Yeah, the Valleys are wall to wall Lidls and Aldis with a sprinkling of Morrisons for the more affluent inhabitants...

Though I must say I was surprised to find a Waitrose in Barry!:eek:

mr.G
04-08-2005, 22:30:38
Originally posted by Funko
In Marks and Spencers? :lol:
damn you are lame

Provost Harrison
04-08-2005, 23:33:25
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
In fact, I've not seen any areas of Hull as bad as Bristol's Knowle West, either.

As I have mentioned in the past, Hull is (at least to visit) nicer than Bristol IMO...

fp
05-08-2005, 07:19:56
That is not saying a great deal. The posh areas of Bristol are pleasant, but boring. Everywhere else is as rough as fuck and boring and ugly.

Scabrous Birdseed
05-08-2005, 11:05:50
I like Hull too. But then I judge civilization based on the amount of CDs you can borrow at the public library. No wait...

*End Is Forever*
08-08-2005, 13:13:14
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
Oh it's a good shop, with a decent selection and late hours on sundays which I'm not sure how they get away with. I'm just wondering what it's doing in an area whose social makeup would suggest Iceland or something.

The Sunday trading laws are based on size of shop, it is small enough to open late on Sundays. As for the social make-up of Tang Hall, parts of the area around Tang Hall Lane aren't too bad at all.

Funko,

If they are checking people out they aren't stacking.

Costs supermarkets here money to open 24/7 so the ones that do only do it as kind of a loss leader.

It isn't a loss leader and it costs peanuts to open 24 hours. Most (if not all) supermarkets stack during the night. The only costs for a supermarket opening 24 hours are one member of staff on the checkout (that's usually all you need) and possibly a member of security staff. All you need is one customer an hour and you have recouped your costs.

Tizzy,

The ones near me are 24hr during the week, but close at midnight on Saturday and just do normal Sunday hours (10-4), opening again about 7am on Monday.

In Scotland the bigger ones are 24hr all the time, only closing on Christmas Day and things like that.

That's our archaic Sunday Trading laws for you. Shops over a certain size can only open for six hours on a Sunday still.

Funko
08-08-2005, 13:19:06
It isn't a loss leader and it costs peanuts to open 24 hours. Most (if not all) supermarkets stack during the night. The only costs for a supermarket opening 24 hours are one member of staff on the checkout (that's usually all you need) and possibly a member of security staff. All you need is one customer an hour and you have recouped your costs.

When the Tesco in Reading opened 24 hours they were losing thousands of pounds a week by opening at night. - FACT

This comes from someone who was in management at that store at the time. Admittedly that isn't that much for a huge store like that. The guy I knew there said they never really expected to make any money overnight but hoped it would get more people in the habit of using Tesco rather than a rival.

Aside from checkout staff, security etc. you have to do things like change the way you put out stock to make it more "customer friendly" you can't block aisles etc. so you lose efficiency.

*End Is Forever*
08-08-2005, 13:27:35
I've spoken to people in HR and management at Tesco and I'm only repeating what I've been told. There may be the odd store that bucks the trend but there's no way they'd continue to open at night if they were losing that sort of money.

I do agree though that the benefits of customer loyalty and increased publicity would make it a valid loss-leader, but not to the extent of thousands of pounds.

In my experience they plonk the stock where they want anyway, and the customers have to fight around it. It's a price worth paying for using a big supermarket at 3am and most people understand that.

Funko
08-08-2005, 13:29:14
Thousands of pounds a week is peanuts for a store that size though.

Beta1
08-08-2005, 14:16:27
Originally posted by alsieboo
Waitrose is pants. Well not really, but I'm a tesco whore, so what do you expect

A Tesco's Value whore?

Funko
08-08-2005, 14:20:35
I wish I'd made that joke 4 days ago. :(

Provost Harrison
08-08-2005, 14:33:52
I thought of that joke 4 days ago. Alas it went staler quicker than a Tesco Value Loaf :p

Funko
08-08-2005, 14:36:47
Well I posted it in the same minute Allie posted her comment, I don't think many people could have been much faster.