New Waitrose supermarket in Hove opens its doors

New supermarket opens doors

New supermarket opens doors

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A new Waitrose store opened its doors in Hove this morning.

The high-end supermarket chain took over the former Co-operative shop in Nevill Road.

The opening has created a 50% boost in jobs with 40 new positions in addition to the 80 Co-op staff.

Nigel Keen, director of development at Waitrose, said: “We have wanted to open a shop in Hove for a long time and are looking forward to becoming part of the local community next year and welcoming the new employees to Waitrose and the John Lewis Partnership.”

Waitrose will be launching its Community Matters and Partner Volunteering schemes in Hove, which will see £12,000 and 250 hours donated to local causes nominated by customers each year.


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9:40am Thu 10 Apr 14

fred clause says...

Wow what earth shattering news another a supermarket in Hove I'm not sure we will all be able to contain our excitement.
Wow what earth shattering news another a supermarket in Hove I'm not sure we will all be able to contain our excitement. fred clause
  • Score: -38

10:57am Thu 10 Apr 14

saveHOVE says...

fred clause wrote:
Wow what earth shattering news another a supermarket in Hove I'm not sure we will all be able to contain our excitement.
One reason to POSSIBLY welcome this new branch is the effect it might have on Hove traffic levels south of the railway line. Might siphon off some of the trade to the big white Tesco and the Western Road branch of Waitrose coming from north of the railway lines That has to be good news.

In addition, people using cars to get to Waitrose or the shed Tesco may now be able to just walk to Waitrose, taking cars from the Hove Park area off the road that are only used to go and buy food. Hopefully.

By May, they can walk there, shop, get it all delivered too.
[quote][p][bold]fred clause[/bold] wrote: Wow what earth shattering news another a supermarket in Hove I'm not sure we will all be able to contain our excitement.[/p][/quote]One reason to POSSIBLY welcome this new branch is the effect it might have on Hove traffic levels south of the railway line. Might siphon off some of the trade to the big white Tesco and the Western Road branch of Waitrose coming from north of the railway lines That has to be good news. In addition, people using cars to get to Waitrose or the shed Tesco may now be able to just walk to Waitrose, taking cars from the Hove Park area off the road that are only used to go and buy food. Hopefully. By May, they can walk there, shop, get it all delivered too. saveHOVE
  • Score: 30

11:52am Thu 10 Apr 14

Take it Personally says...

Yay! Another Snobrose!
Yay! Another Snobrose! Take it Personally
  • Score: -61

1:20pm Thu 10 Apr 14

juleshove says...

Great news. At last a decent supermarket in Hove.
Great news. At last a decent supermarket in Hove. juleshove
  • Score: 58

1:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Goldenwight says...

I like Waitrose a lot. I only wish that I could afford to actually shop there occasionally.
I like Waitrose a lot. I only wish that I could afford to actually shop there occasionally. Goldenwight
  • Score: 30

1:39pm Thu 10 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

At last a decent place to shop in Hove. This is long overdue.
At last a decent place to shop in Hove. This is long overdue. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 31

2:17pm Thu 10 Apr 14

TonyTony says...

Yet more advertising dressed up as news
Yet more advertising dressed up as news TonyTony
  • Score: -13

3:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

minimee says...

Massive queue to get out of the car park!
Massive queue to get out of the car park! minimee
  • Score: 0

4:17pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Zeta Function says...

What are the opening hours?

Come on Argus improve your editorial standards.
What are the opening hours? Come on Argus improve your editorial standards. Zeta Function
  • Score: -15

4:22pm Thu 10 Apr 14

pachallis says...

Zeta Function wrote:
What are the opening hours?

Come on Argus improve your editorial standards.
@Zeta Function - perhaps try www.waitrose.com and select the Hove store? 7:30 to 21:00 every day except Sunday.
[quote][p][bold]Zeta Function[/bold] wrote: What are the opening hours? Come on Argus improve your editorial standards.[/p][/quote]@Zeta Function - perhaps try www.waitrose.com and select the Hove store? 7:30 to 21:00 every day except Sunday. pachallis
  • Score: 16

4:50pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Fairfax Aches says...

Look at all those losers queuing up to go into a grocery store. Ha, this isn't Zimbabwe, you bunch of losers!
Look at all those losers queuing up to go into a grocery store. Ha, this isn't Zimbabwe, you bunch of losers! Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -35

5:29pm Thu 10 Apr 14

withn says...

I got an email from them, have never shopped with them before. Wonder how they got that
I got an email from them, have never shopped with them before. Wonder how they got that withn
  • Score: -4

8:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

saveHOVE says...

Take it Personally wrote:
Yay! Another Snobrose!
It has its faults but old-fashioned catering to old-fashioned, properly skilled home cooking needs with things like nutrient rich bunched watercress that isn't soaked in chemicals like salad bags of bitty things are being available (usd to be common in greengrocers and is now rare), proper sourdough breads which are kinder to the gut, a good wet fish counter (now a rare sight), etc. are not snob matters. Its organic plain yoghurt is the best one....least sour and most palatable.

Is it snobbery to put food first ahead of other kinds of spending? No. It is about respect for personal and family health.

That said, it has its dumbing down side and is dumping quality products in favour of things like ready meals and support for British products regardless of worth.

I spent a long time screaming at the suits today about the wrecking ball destruction of the Western Road branch in its revamp and getting another customer to tell them that her Waitrose devotee friends dumped Western Rd after the revamp and now drive to Burgess Hill or Worthing for a Waitrose shop.

No need now. Neville Road branch is superb. Now we just need to stop the rot on the product front. They went bug-eyed when I said, "if you stock exactly what everyone else stocks, what is your USP?".

Waitrose used to be about wanting to be the best, stock the best and raise the consumer game too. They were pioneers stocking organic products when nobody else would or did until well into the 1990's. Now they just want to be like eveeryone else for some reason. And they have reduced theorganic range most shamefully.

The so-called snob value is at the level of innovation and with products created by high level famous restaurant chefs like Heston Blumenthal. They famously dumped Delia Smith for that wretched Pippa Middleton and so began the chavification and dumb down to maybe appeal more to the young and novelty hungry.

The absolute wall of ice-creams at Neville Road has to be seen to be believed. That is not about basics. And moving toward food provision that is about entertainment more than quality nutrition seems to be a bit of a carrot being dangled at customers. Do they really want people to go there for escapist food buying? I see it in the mix.
[quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: Yay! Another Snobrose![/p][/quote]It has its faults but old-fashioned catering to old-fashioned, properly skilled home cooking needs with things like nutrient rich bunched watercress that isn't soaked in chemicals like salad bags of bitty things are being available (usd to be common in greengrocers and is now rare), proper sourdough breads which are kinder to the gut, a good wet fish counter (now a rare sight), etc. are not snob matters. Its organic plain yoghurt is the best one....least sour and most palatable. Is it snobbery to put food first ahead of other kinds of spending? No. It is about respect for personal and family health. That said, it has its dumbing down side and is dumping quality products in favour of things like ready meals and support for British products regardless of worth. I spent a long time screaming at the suits today about the wrecking ball destruction of the Western Road branch in its revamp and getting another customer to tell them that her Waitrose devotee friends dumped Western Rd after the revamp and now drive to Burgess Hill or Worthing for a Waitrose shop. No need now. Neville Road branch is superb. Now we just need to stop the rot on the product front. They went bug-eyed when I said, "if you stock exactly what everyone else stocks, what is your USP?". Waitrose used to be about wanting to be the best, stock the best and raise the consumer game too. They were pioneers stocking organic products when nobody else would or did until well into the 1990's. Now they just want to be like eveeryone else for some reason. And they have reduced theorganic range most shamefully. The so-called snob value is at the level of innovation and with products created by high level famous restaurant chefs like Heston Blumenthal. They famously dumped Delia Smith for that wretched Pippa Middleton and so began the chavification and dumb down to maybe appeal more to the young and novelty hungry. The absolute wall of ice-creams at Neville Road has to be seen to be believed. That is not about basics. And moving toward food provision that is about entertainment more than quality nutrition seems to be a bit of a carrot being dangled at customers. Do they really want people to go there for escapist food buying? I see it in the mix. saveHOVE
  • Score: 3

8:12pm Thu 10 Apr 14

saveHOVE says...

minimee wrote:
Massive queue to get out of the car park!
By 4pm the massive queues to get in or to get out were a problem. Parking at Neville Road Waitrose is woefully inadequate, even with some Coral stuff available. That is going to cost them trade.
[quote][p][bold]minimee[/bold] wrote: Massive queue to get out of the car park![/p][/quote]By 4pm the massive queues to get in or to get out were a problem. Parking at Neville Road Waitrose is woefully inadequate, even with some Coral stuff available. That is going to cost them trade. saveHOVE
  • Score: -6

9:31pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ghost bus driver says...

saveHOVE wrote:
Take it Personally wrote:
Yay! Another Snobrose!
It has its faults but old-fashioned catering to old-fashioned, properly skilled home cooking needs with things like nutrient rich bunched watercress that isn't soaked in chemicals like salad bags of bitty things are being available (usd to be common in greengrocers and is now rare), proper sourdough breads which are kinder to the gut, a good wet fish counter (now a rare sight), etc. are not snob matters. Its organic plain yoghurt is the best one....least sour and most palatable.

Is it snobbery to put food first ahead of other kinds of spending? No. It is about respect for personal and family health.

That said, it has its dumbing down side and is dumping quality products in favour of things like ready meals and support for British products regardless of worth.

I spent a long time screaming at the suits today about the wrecking ball destruction of the Western Road branch in its revamp and getting another customer to tell them that her Waitrose devotee friends dumped Western Rd after the revamp and now drive to Burgess Hill or Worthing for a Waitrose shop.

No need now. Neville Road branch is superb. Now we just need to stop the rot on the product front. They went bug-eyed when I said, "if you stock exactly what everyone else stocks, what is your USP?".

Waitrose used to be about wanting to be the best, stock the best and raise the consumer game too. They were pioneers stocking organic products when nobody else would or did until well into the 1990's. Now they just want to be like eveeryone else for some reason. And they have reduced theorganic range most shamefully.

The so-called snob value is at the level of innovation and with products created by high level famous restaurant chefs like Heston Blumenthal. They famously dumped Delia Smith for that wretched Pippa Middleton and so began the chavification and dumb down to maybe appeal more to the young and novelty hungry.

The absolute wall of ice-creams at Neville Road has to be seen to be believed. That is not about basics. And moving toward food provision that is about entertainment more than quality nutrition seems to be a bit of a carrot being dangled at customers. Do they really want people to go there for escapist food buying? I see it in the mix.
"The absolute wall of ice-creams at Neville Road has to be seen to be believed. "

That's me sold right away. I love ice cream.

Regarding price, try getting meat when they re-stock as they quite often cut the price quite a bit so its probably not that expensive after all.
[quote][p][bold]saveHOVE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: Yay! Another Snobrose![/p][/quote]It has its faults but old-fashioned catering to old-fashioned, properly skilled home cooking needs with things like nutrient rich bunched watercress that isn't soaked in chemicals like salad bags of bitty things are being available (usd to be common in greengrocers and is now rare), proper sourdough breads which are kinder to the gut, a good wet fish counter (now a rare sight), etc. are not snob matters. Its organic plain yoghurt is the best one....least sour and most palatable. Is it snobbery to put food first ahead of other kinds of spending? No. It is about respect for personal and family health. That said, it has its dumbing down side and is dumping quality products in favour of things like ready meals and support for British products regardless of worth. I spent a long time screaming at the suits today about the wrecking ball destruction of the Western Road branch in its revamp and getting another customer to tell them that her Waitrose devotee friends dumped Western Rd after the revamp and now drive to Burgess Hill or Worthing for a Waitrose shop. No need now. Neville Road branch is superb. Now we just need to stop the rot on the product front. They went bug-eyed when I said, "if you stock exactly what everyone else stocks, what is your USP?". Waitrose used to be about wanting to be the best, stock the best and raise the consumer game too. They were pioneers stocking organic products when nobody else would or did until well into the 1990's. Now they just want to be like eveeryone else for some reason. And they have reduced theorganic range most shamefully. The so-called snob value is at the level of innovation and with products created by high level famous restaurant chefs like Heston Blumenthal. They famously dumped Delia Smith for that wretched Pippa Middleton and so began the chavification and dumb down to maybe appeal more to the young and novelty hungry. The absolute wall of ice-creams at Neville Road has to be seen to be believed. That is not about basics. And moving toward food provision that is about entertainment more than quality nutrition seems to be a bit of a carrot being dangled at customers. Do they really want people to go there for escapist food buying? I see it in the mix.[/p][/quote]"The absolute wall of ice-creams at Neville Road has to be seen to be believed. " That's me sold right away. I love ice cream. Regarding price, try getting meat when they re-stock as they quite often cut the price quite a bit so its probably not that expensive after all. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 7

10:44pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Levent says...

I hear the coffee's good....if you like cleaner fluid that is!!
I hear the coffee's good....if you like cleaner fluid that is!! Levent
  • Score: -7

12:07am Fri 11 Apr 14

SirLancelot says...

Levent wrote:
I hear the coffee's good....if you like cleaner fluid that is!!
I have taken their lead and now have fresh coffee pumping from my kitchen tap and even have fresh coffee pumping from my en suite. Great for unsightly body hair removal!
[quote][p][bold]Levent[/bold] wrote: I hear the coffee's good....if you like cleaner fluid that is!![/p][/quote]I have taken their lead and now have fresh coffee pumping from my kitchen tap and even have fresh coffee pumping from my en suite. Great for unsightly body hair removal! SirLancelot
  • Score: -5

12:10am Fri 11 Apr 14

Iangira says...

We could have had a football stadium there lol. Suppose everyone north of Hove Park in the posh areas will shop there. It`s easier to get to Western Road to be honest and I`m south of the railway bridge in Poet`s corner. Should have been an Asda`s.
We could have had a football stadium there lol. Suppose everyone north of Hove Park in the posh areas will shop there. It`s easier to get to Western Road to be honest and I`m south of the railway bridge in Poet`s corner. Should have been an Asda`s. Iangira
  • Score: -13

8:02am Fri 11 Apr 14

pachallis says...

@saveHOVE - Valery - you're using the wrong userid again - are your comments on the state of Waitrose supported by all the members of your society or are these just your personal thoughts?
@saveHOVE - Valery - you're using the wrong userid again - are your comments on the state of Waitrose supported by all the members of your society or are these just your personal thoughts? pachallis
  • Score: -2

10:38am Fri 11 Apr 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Take it Personally wrote:
Yay! Another Snobrose!
They probably sell new chips for your shoulder!
[quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: Yay! Another Snobrose![/p][/quote]They probably sell new chips for your shoulder! ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 11

10:49am Fri 11 Apr 14

ThinkBrighton says...

pachallis wrote:
@saveHOVE - Valery - you're using the wrong userid again - are your comments on the state of Waitrose supported by all the members of your society or are these just your personal thoughts?
Pachallis, the Waitrose oracle, what with opening times and questions of a persons credentials, do you work for Waitrose?
[quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: @saveHOVE - Valery - you're using the wrong userid again - are your comments on the state of Waitrose supported by all the members of your society or are these just your personal thoughts?[/p][/quote]Pachallis, the Waitrose oracle, what with opening times and questions of a persons credentials, do you work for Waitrose? ThinkBrighton
  • Score: -3

11:36am Fri 11 Apr 14

Kedge says...

I agree about the trashing, er, revamping of the Western Road store. Now it seems darker in there and everything is more difficult to find, unlike previously where the layout was logical and the lines easier to negotiate. I don't go there any more. I'll be going to Nevill Road today so I hope the layout is more customer-friendly.
By the way, for those who think Waitrose is expensive you may be surprised that the Co-Op is actually one of the pricier supermarkets.
I agree about the trashing, er, revamping of the Western Road store. Now it seems darker in there and everything is more difficult to find, unlike previously where the layout was logical and the lines easier to negotiate. I don't go there any more. I'll be going to Nevill Road today so I hope the layout is more customer-friendly. By the way, for those who think Waitrose is expensive you may be surprised that the Co-Op is actually one of the pricier supermarkets. Kedge
  • Score: 5

12:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

pachallis says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
pachallis wrote:
@saveHOVE - Valery - you're using the wrong userid again - are your comments on the state of Waitrose supported by all the members of your society or are these just your personal thoughts?
Pachallis, the Waitrose oracle, what with opening times and questions of a persons credentials, do you work for Waitrose?
@ThinkBrighton - unfortunately I'm retired and have no shares in, nor work for, Waitrose or John Lewis.

I would love to be able to afford to buy from Waitrose but although the prices may be better than the Co-Op (which wasn't difficult) the overall shop cost vs. Tesco, ASDA, ALDI, etc. is still significantly more.

I am just bemused that saveHOVE is so much in favor of the new Waitrose and is extolling the benefits of the product range, whilst the car park and surrounding area is apparently clogged with cars, and only a few months ago saveHOVE was campaigning against any new schools being built on wasteland behind Hove Park because of the traffic and parking problems.

Does this say a lot about saveHOVE and it's membership? The reason I ask the personal credentials is that (IMHO) saveHOVE (the organisation) and Valery (the person) are just one and the same, and that the saveHOVE 'followers' are just her worker ants. The term 'saveHOVE' is used to imply a democratic organisation backing statements made but (again IMHO) it is just Valery's own, personal, views and she should make clear when this is the case.
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: @saveHOVE - Valery - you're using the wrong userid again - are your comments on the state of Waitrose supported by all the members of your society or are these just your personal thoughts?[/p][/quote]Pachallis, the Waitrose oracle, what with opening times and questions of a persons credentials, do you work for Waitrose?[/p][/quote]@ThinkBrighton - unfortunately I'm retired and have no shares in, nor work for, Waitrose or John Lewis. I would love to be able to afford to buy from Waitrose but although the prices may be better than the Co-Op (which wasn't difficult) the overall shop cost vs. Tesco, ASDA, ALDI, etc. is still significantly more. I am just bemused that saveHOVE is so much in favor of the new Waitrose and is extolling the benefits of the product range, whilst the car park and surrounding area is apparently clogged with cars, and only a few months ago saveHOVE was campaigning against any new schools being built on wasteland behind Hove Park because of the traffic and parking problems. Does this say a lot about saveHOVE and it's membership? The reason I ask the personal credentials is that (IMHO) saveHOVE (the organisation) and Valery (the person) are just one and the same, and that the saveHOVE 'followers' are just her worker ants. The term 'saveHOVE' is used to imply a democratic organisation backing statements made but (again IMHO) it is just Valery's own, personal, views and she should make clear when this is the case. pachallis
  • Score: 2

5:55pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Zamora251 says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
Look at all those losers queuing up to go into a grocery store. Ha, this isn't Zimbabwe, you bunch of losers!
Fairfax Arches, you are such a ****, why do you think its your god given right to call these people losers just because they want to queue up at a supermarket, you are a knob with a capital K!!
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: Look at all those losers queuing up to go into a grocery store. Ha, this isn't Zimbabwe, you bunch of losers![/p][/quote]Fairfax Arches, you are such a ****, why do you think its your god given right to call these people losers just because they want to queue up at a supermarket, you are a knob with a capital K!! Zamora251
  • Score: 4

8:54pm Fri 11 Apr 14

notaconspiracy says...

Heh! This is the most Hove thing to happen in Hove since the last independent, freetrade coffee shop opened.
Heh! This is the most Hove thing to happen in Hove since the last independent, freetrade coffee shop opened. notaconspiracy
  • Score: 4

3:57pm Sat 12 Apr 14

moveoveru says...

The newly refurbished store on Western Road is a complete disaster in my eyes.

Somehow they have managed to make the store extremely congested, despite increasing the overall floor plan. There are real bottle necks in the store now - particularly by ready meal aisle - here it's almost impossible to browse the shelves without having to constantly move out of the way for other shoppers.

Also, the ceiling lights over the till areas are painfully bright - so much so that I avoid these till if at all possible. I feel for the staff having to sit under these lights all day long.

Then there's the new air-con throughout the store - it now seems woefully under powered, with parts of the store feeling very warm and uncomfortable indeed. And where it is on it seems to blow warm nauseating air. Prior to the refurbishment the store was always nicely cool all year round.

Finally, the 'basket only' tills are a nightmare - hardly every staffed with the adequate amount of staff with queues often at least ten deep with 2 tillers to serve! Often I have just abandoned my basket and walked out than have a 15 minute wait. Any why have they made the self service tills card only! - it's frustrating to see no on using them yet a huge queues elsewhere.

I only shop here now either very early in the morning or late at night - just so I can get in and out as quickly as possible.
The newly refurbished store on Western Road is a complete disaster in my eyes. Somehow they have managed to make the store extremely congested, despite increasing the overall floor plan. There are real bottle necks in the store now - particularly by ready meal aisle - here it's almost impossible to browse the shelves without having to constantly move out of the way for other shoppers. Also, the ceiling lights over the till areas are painfully bright - so much so that I avoid these till if at all possible. I feel for the staff having to sit under these lights all day long. Then there's the new air-con throughout the store - it now seems woefully under powered, with parts of the store feeling very warm and uncomfortable indeed. And where it is on it seems to blow warm nauseating air. Prior to the refurbishment the store was always nicely cool all year round. Finally, the 'basket only' tills are a nightmare - hardly every staffed with the adequate amount of staff with queues often at least ten deep with 2 tillers to serve! Often I have just abandoned my basket and walked out than have a 15 minute wait. Any why have they made the self service tills card only! - it's frustrating to see no on using them yet a huge queues elsewhere. I only shop here now either very early in the morning or late at night - just so I can get in and out as quickly as possible. moveoveru
  • Score: -2

4:30pm Sat 12 Apr 14

moveoveru says...

Kedge wrote:
I agree about the trashing, er, revamping of the Western Road store. Now it seems darker in there and everything is more difficult to find, unlike previously where the layout was logical and the lines easier to negotiate. I don't go there any more. I'll be going to Nevill Road today so I hope the layout is more customer-friendly.
By the way, for those who think Waitrose is expensive you may be surprised that the Co-Op is actually one of the pricier supermarkets.
I agree with you about the layout at Western Road - it's dire. Have been there dozens of times now and I still cannot negotiate around the store without forgetting or not finding something

I can't agree with about the lighting though - it's extremely harsh in since the refurbishment - And what about the high intensity lights about the check outs - they are hideously uncomfortable.

I used to enjoy shopping at this store, mainly because it was a relaxed place to shop. Now it's congested, poorly laid out, poorly air-conned, and rather an anxious place to be in.
[quote][p][bold]Kedge[/bold] wrote: I agree about the trashing, er, revamping of the Western Road store. Now it seems darker in there and everything is more difficult to find, unlike previously where the layout was logical and the lines easier to negotiate. I don't go there any more. I'll be going to Nevill Road today so I hope the layout is more customer-friendly. By the way, for those who think Waitrose is expensive you may be surprised that the Co-Op is actually one of the pricier supermarkets.[/p][/quote]I agree with you about the layout at Western Road - it's dire. Have been there dozens of times now and I still cannot negotiate around the store without forgetting or not finding something I can't agree with about the lighting though - it's extremely harsh in since the refurbishment - And what about the high intensity lights about the check outs - they are hideously uncomfortable. I used to enjoy shopping at this store, mainly because it was a relaxed place to shop. Now it's congested, poorly laid out, poorly air-conned, and rather an anxious place to be in. moveoveru
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Mr chock says...

Goldenwight wrote:
I like Waitrose a lot. I only wish that I could afford to actually shop there occasionally.
silly comment they are competitive " dont buy there if you think its to expensive... just up the road in that little corner shop that smells of rotting veg is unfamiliar products "boobies / finefoods " halal ingredients branded goods at " incredible "marked up price's " since when was a Mars bar £1 and a can of Coke Cola £1.50
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: I like Waitrose a lot. I only wish that I could afford to actually shop there occasionally.[/p][/quote]silly comment they are competitive " dont buy there if you think its to expensive... just up the road in that little corner shop that smells of rotting veg is unfamiliar products "boobies / finefoods " halal ingredients branded goods at " incredible "marked up price's " since when was a Mars bar £1 and a can of Coke Cola £1.50 Mr chock
  • Score: 0

9:11pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Take it Personally says...

saveHOVE wrote:
Take it Personally wrote:
Yay! Another Snobrose!
It has its faults but old-fashioned catering to old-fashioned, properly skilled home cooking needs with things like nutrient rich bunched watercress that isn't soaked in chemicals like salad bags of bitty things are being available (usd to be common in greengrocers and is now rare), proper sourdough breads which are kinder to the gut, a good wet fish counter (now a rare sight), etc. are not snob matters. Its organic plain yoghurt is the best one....least sour and most palatable.

Is it snobbery to put food first ahead of other kinds of spending? No. It is about respect for personal and family health.

That said, it has its dumbing down side and is dumping quality products in favour of things like ready meals and support for British products regardless of worth.

I spent a long time screaming at the suits today about the wrecking ball destruction of the Western Road branch in its revamp and getting another customer to tell them that her Waitrose devotee friends dumped Western Rd after the revamp and now drive to Burgess Hill or Worthing for a Waitrose shop.

No need now. Neville Road branch is superb. Now we just need to stop the rot on the product front. They went bug-eyed when I said, "if you stock exactly what everyone else stocks, what is your USP?".

Waitrose used to be about wanting to be the best, stock the best and raise the consumer game too. They were pioneers stocking organic products when nobody else would or did until well into the 1990's. Now they just want to be like eveeryone else for some reason. And they have reduced theorganic range most shamefully.

The so-called snob value is at the level of innovation and with products created by high level famous restaurant chefs like Heston Blumenthal. They famously dumped Delia Smith for that wretched Pippa Middleton and so began the chavification and dumb down to maybe appeal more to the young and novelty hungry.

The absolute wall of ice-creams at Neville Road has to be seen to be believed. That is not about basics. And moving toward food provision that is about entertainment more than quality nutrition seems to be a bit of a carrot being dangled at customers. Do they really want people to go there for escapist food buying? I see it in the mix.
-Smug Alert-

What's the difference between this supermarket and other supermarkets, they carry the same trade mark brands but at inflated prices.
The sources of basic food stuffs like milk, butter, meat, salads all come from the same sources except each company put's their "brand" on it -also wasn’t it Snobrose that got caught a few years ago repackaging out-of-date meat and reselling it nearly poisoning it's valued clientele??

-Don't get me started on cleaning fluid in coffee machines!- or the arrogance of the staff (I once asked for "white grape juice" -because it was called for -get this- a Heston recipe, asked my local Snobrose and was informed through a sneer that "we don't well WHITE grape juice and then pointed me in the direction of chardonnay grape juice.... same stuff basically, just dressed up as something snobby but white grape juice just the same.

I have bought fresh salad produce that when I got home realised I had been sold tough chewy stocks of vegetable, lowest of quality and I wished I had just gone to ASDA.

And you quote Heston Blumenthal?? The man who's restaurant is periodically closed down for food poisoning?

No honey, its people like you that perpetuate the snob value and success of trumped up garbage like this. "A fool and his money are soon parted" springs to mind. If you prefer to pay over the top prices so you can feel better about yourself, that's one thing, but don't pretend it's anything else.

By the way, the supermarket of the year 2013 was ALDI…. doesn’t that tell you something?
[quote][p][bold]saveHOVE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: Yay! Another Snobrose![/p][/quote]It has its faults but old-fashioned catering to old-fashioned, properly skilled home cooking needs with things like nutrient rich bunched watercress that isn't soaked in chemicals like salad bags of bitty things are being available (usd to be common in greengrocers and is now rare), proper sourdough breads which are kinder to the gut, a good wet fish counter (now a rare sight), etc. are not snob matters. Its organic plain yoghurt is the best one....least sour and most palatable. Is it snobbery to put food first ahead of other kinds of spending? No. It is about respect for personal and family health. That said, it has its dumbing down side and is dumping quality products in favour of things like ready meals and support for British products regardless of worth. I spent a long time screaming at the suits today about the wrecking ball destruction of the Western Road branch in its revamp and getting another customer to tell them that her Waitrose devotee friends dumped Western Rd after the revamp and now drive to Burgess Hill or Worthing for a Waitrose shop. No need now. Neville Road branch is superb. Now we just need to stop the rot on the product front. They went bug-eyed when I said, "if you stock exactly what everyone else stocks, what is your USP?". Waitrose used to be about wanting to be the best, stock the best and raise the consumer game too. They were pioneers stocking organic products when nobody else would or did until well into the 1990's. Now they just want to be like eveeryone else for some reason. And they have reduced theorganic range most shamefully. The so-called snob value is at the level of innovation and with products created by high level famous restaurant chefs like Heston Blumenthal. They famously dumped Delia Smith for that wretched Pippa Middleton and so began the chavification and dumb down to maybe appeal more to the young and novelty hungry. The absolute wall of ice-creams at Neville Road has to be seen to be believed. That is not about basics. And moving toward food provision that is about entertainment more than quality nutrition seems to be a bit of a carrot being dangled at customers. Do they really want people to go there for escapist food buying? I see it in the mix.[/p][/quote]-Smug Alert- What's the difference between this supermarket and other supermarkets, they carry the same trade mark brands but at inflated prices. The sources of basic food stuffs like milk, butter, meat, salads all come from the same sources except each company put's their "brand" on it -also wasn’t it Snobrose that got caught a few years ago repackaging out-of-date meat and reselling it nearly poisoning it's valued clientele?? -Don't get me started on cleaning fluid in coffee machines!- or the arrogance of the staff (I once asked for "white grape juice" -because it was called for -get this- a Heston recipe, asked my local Snobrose and was informed through a sneer that "we don't well WHITE grape juice and then pointed me in the direction of chardonnay grape juice.... same stuff basically, just dressed up as something snobby but white grape juice just the same. I have bought fresh salad produce that when I got home realised I had been sold tough chewy stocks of vegetable, lowest of quality and I wished I had just gone to ASDA. And you quote Heston Blumenthal?? The man who's restaurant is periodically closed down for food poisoning? No honey, its people like you that perpetuate the snob value and success of trumped up garbage like this. "A fool and his money are soon parted" springs to mind. If you prefer to pay over the top prices so you can feel better about yourself, that's one thing, but don't pretend it's anything else. By the way, the supermarket of the year 2013 was ALDI…. doesn’t that tell you something? Take it Personally
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