Supermarket Convenience

12th February 2020 Midweek Challenge  Inconvenience Stores’.

Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti.


The midweek challenge over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Inconvenience Stores.

GC wrote about the inconvenience of the building project and expansion at his local Safeway supermarket. He asks us to share how we feel when our local stores expand to meet increased consumer demand and accommodate crowded aisle congestion.

Firstly, I’m not sure that supermarket expansion has anything to do with customer demand, in my experience expansion is mostly about increasing the potential for extra profit perhaps to include a new clothing line, or expand home gardening.

Generally I use two supermarkets, the nearest store, the one accessed by the scenic route is Morrisons and last year it expanded the site to accommodate a new clothing range.

My shopping lists are conveniently written in aisle order; during the expansion, my time was wasted looking for items that were no longer in their usual aisle, this meant that nipping quickly around the store was more or less impossible, so I took my business elsewhere.

Upon hearing that the building work was complete and feeling curious, I returned to the store. It took me a couple of weeks to familiarise myself with the new aisle changes, but I got there in the end.

After examining the clothing range, I concluded their range was not for me.

Lest you think Iโ€™m a clothing snob; I often purchase underwear from Sainsburys Supermarket, itโ€™s a little more upmarket than most other UK supermarkets, and they stock a decent range of reasonably priced, attractive, good quality ladies underwear, though not to be confused with the type that has a singular purpose and often found online at Anne Summers.

I would say the quality at Sainsburys  is conveniently on a par with those at M&S, and for me quality counts, and conveniently it saves me a trip to the nearest town/city.

I don’t have any photographs of supermarket building work and expansions, so I’m showing you my idea of supermarket convenience instead!

sainsbury's underwear

(C) 2020. Midweek Challenge Inconvenience Stores from Weekly Prompts.

20 thoughts on “Supermarket Convenience

  1. Oh those were the days, when we had real shops, and no supermarkets or convenience stores…. but inconveniently we live in the modern age of big stores…… I do avoid them whenever possible….. I mainly shop in Pakington St, Geelong West, and it’s lovely rustic shopping village, made up lots of little private old shops, and numerous coffee & cake cafes (my Box Office Cafe)……. But I’m going to digress from “inconvenience stores” and go with the word “Inconvenience”, if that’s ok Sue…..

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    1. I sometimes use Aldi, itโ€™s near Morrisonโ€™s which is on a busy shopping street and if the car park is full then I will pop there. I donโ€™t have a Tesco near me but I used to go to one in York when one of the girls was at university there, I liked it. Thank you. Derrick

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  2. Murphy's Law

    I absolutely agree with you Sue, supermarket expansions and renovations have nothing to do with customer convenience and everything to do with profit.

    I too organize my shopping list according to store aisles. It’s maddening trying to find items during these expansions and for some time later. And they suddenly drop items from their shelves that you’ve been buying for years.

    I’m a dinosaur. Used to be a supermarket sold all manner of grocery items, not underwear, microwaves, outdoor furniture and blankets! You went into the pharmacy for prescriptions or OTC medications, not for laundry soap, lottery tickets, or a stick of pepperoni!!

    Having said that, if my supermarket offered the lingerie you show, that might peak my interest! Here it’s packaged Fruit of the Loom!! Lol.
    ๐ŸพGinger ๐Ÿพ

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    1. I know just what you mean. I favour the village pharmacy as opposed to supermarket ones. The two main supermarkets I visit don’t sell electrical goods apart from toasters and kettles.
      As for computers I think specialists are my choice. Thank you, Ginger ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. I don’t actually have the ones shown, but they do have a really beautiful range and I just love ‘pretty’ plus they do have some lovely PJs from comfy to glamorous. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I like convenience when shopping, too!
    I don’t enjoy shopping, so the faster I can get it done the better! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Seems like just after I memorize a store’s layout of products, they switch things up and I have to go “Hunting” to find what I want! Why did they move it all around!?! Ha! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™‚ OH, probably, to get people to have to see all the stuff they didn’t come in to buy, but might now buy since they’ve seen it! Ha! ๐Ÿ˜€ A method to their madness! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS…Purdy underthings in the photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Along with the EU the Uk has almost outlawed sugar and unhealthy foods. They do exist but not on the scale of the US. Now, if only they would outlaw my favourites I might lose a few pounds!
      Marks and Spencers still remains a favourite for just about everything. Thank you, Sylvia. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. We used to have a store called Woolworths, but it was very much a budget store and nothing like the high quality of M&S. If it is the same ownership, how interesting that they would sell such different goods in different countries.

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