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The Sainsbury's Local on Mantle Road opened today. Comments and reviews please!
Tried it earlier as I had been given a voucher (£2 off £6+). It was OK but nothing special. Cornershop prices, so I don't think Nisa et al. necessarily have anything to worry about.
Went in just after lunch. It was pretty busy, though much of that could have been people checking them out. Pretty good range of stuff from my point of view, though pros/cons compared to Nisa (JS a bit better on veg/kids foods/ready meals and they do 4pint skimmed milk, though Nisa shade them on beers and cereals and ingredients). Nisa possibly a bit better on price overall maybe, though it probably depends what you were buying and what was on special offer. I made a point of going to Broca too - I got my bread there and a few other bits and pieces. But they had some empty shelves and a few things you couldn't get. I've never found it somewhere you can do a shop and be sure of getting everything on your list, more an add-on. I was hoping they'd do a bit of a show themselves, eg with a few promos or a bit of a fuss to let people who'd come to check out Sainsbury's know they were there too. Even if they'd have just brought back the pop-up ice creams for the day it might have brought in a few new customers. I saw Erin's post on the other thread - we want to be supportive but asking for loyalty from customers will only get so far if they can't get all they want for a good enough price. I hope Brockley can support all 3 west-side grocery options! They all have pros and cons and probably beat Costcutter (though today, not all had aircon...)
Went in today was very happy with what they had on offer. This means I'll probably never go to the New Cross Sainsbury's again. Some decent meat and fresh veg that doesn't look tired, and brands I recognise. It's a league above Nisa and 2 leagues above Costcutter. The shop also looks a whole load better than what was there before. A genuine boost for the area - and the people I chatted to in their today were delighted.
*wipes away tear of pride*Welcome to the future Brockley shoppers.
Best thing about it was the air con. Fine for a bit of convenience shopping, but no match in range or prices for a proper Sainsbury.
Really good for fresh veg/fruit and packaged salad and chilled food. Nisa better for alcohol and frozen range.
I went into the Sainsbury's Local this afternoon. A man with a clipboard demanded to know if I had a Nectar card. I asked why he wanted to know and he walked off without saying anything else. I took that to mean that they didn't want my custom. Before that my only impression was that it was just like the Nisa, but felt a bit darker.
The competition is on .... Costcutter is going to suffer, and Nisa is really only there to serve the winos and candy-junkies.
You reckon Mary Portas?
Sounds like you may have a bit of a chip on your shoulder there Jez. Luckily you can buy those in Costcutters.
It would be great if they'd have a board outside comparing prices. I've yet to see anywhere else which sell 6 free-range eggs for a quid.
mmmmm chips :)tonight I gave Sainsbury's another chance and found they had sold out of the things I wanted, leaving empty shelves. Who the hell do these cowboys think they are, why can't they make an effort? always a let down, I can't rely on them for my shopping blah blah blah etc etc etc.
I popped in today for the first time, was pleasantly surprised, particularly with the fresh meat & fish - ok it's a limited range but better quality/fresher than available elsewhere locally. It's bigger than I thought it would be from the outside and I think it is a useful addition to the area. I like the Broca food market and would go there for bread etc but I agree with other comments that it's a bit tired and could do with a better selection of fresh deli type produce.
I wouldn't really know what the selection of meat, fish, fresh veg, cheese, bread etc as the three times I have been in the shelves have been bare. If they can't sort out more deliveries then this is going to be a hell of a damp squib. The selection of lager, ale and ciders is pitiful, the spirits almost non-existent, and the wine is all the big brand stuff, that along with the prices (cheapest mayonnaise an eye-watering £2.75!!), means that this is over-hyped, over-priced and unfortunately over here.
maybe not but it's perfectly possible to get 6 honest eggs for £1
Should be good for house prices, just need a Waitrose to come and get rid of the Nisa by the station
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