Tag Archives: Food retailing

The Conversation: What is Going on at Tesco?

The University of Stirling is a supporter of The Conversation, and I published a commentary there yesterday. I reblog it here. My commentary, perhaps unsurprisingly, was on the goings-on at Tesco, which has been something of a running theme on … Continue reading

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The Price of Progress?

I have sometimes wondered about the castaways on the BBC’s Desert Islands – are their food needs met by a traditional high street, a hypermarket or even Tesco.com? Or do they have to forage for whatever they can find? If … Continue reading

Posted in Availability, Consumer Change, Diet and Health, Food Retailing, Independents, Small Shops, Supply Chains, Town Centres, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sainsbury’s Sans Serif and Style

Growing up all those decades ago in South Wales, Sainsbury’s was not exactly the local shop.  When I went to university and encountered Sainsbury I was unimpressed, finding it sterile compared to my previous experiences.  Maybe it was an old, … Continue reading

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Whole Foods Giffnock – Apples or Pears?

Whole Foods Market, Giffnock.  Yes, Whole Foods Market, Giffnock. You have to say it twice to quite believe it.  Did you really think that the next foray into the wider UK by Whole Foods Market would land up in Giffnock?  … Continue reading

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My Levy is Your Tax

It might not have been in the manifesto, but it certainly made headlines. Wandering into the newsagent yesterday morning, John Swinney would have seen an almost uniform newspaper lead coverage on his new “Public Health Levy”. Only, the words used … Continue reading

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Waitrose – mining a rich seam of service?

I moved to Stirling around the time of the miner’s strike against the Thatcher government. On one of the main roundabouts into Stirling’s town centre stood the Stirling Miner’s Welfare Club. A couple of years ago it was pulled down … Continue reading

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The A to W of Scottish Food Retailing

Today sees the opening of the 4th Waitrose store in Scotland and the largest so far. The fourth store, at Newton Mearns represents another step forward for the company in Scotland and further competition for retailers already in the market. … Continue reading

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