Their are many things about supermarkets I dislike.
Things like the car park, the layout of and constant rearranging of the layout, people not being prepared to pay for their comestibles after waiting in the queue and then waiting until everything is rung up before hunting for their purse, the long queues, far too much choice in brands of goods. But my gripe today is about bread.
There is always plenty of sliced bread. But I don't like sliced bread except to toast. I like a nice fresh bakery loaf. Most times.I bake a loaf myself using a breadmaker. Bit with no yeast I found myself looking in the supermarket a full two hours before it closed both last night and today
And what did I find? The instore bakery had sliced all of a full score of loaves, both wholemeal and white leaving no loaves uncut. When I asked about this, I was told they 'have to' slice the loaves when they have finished the day's baking which put me close to meltdown. it does not make any sense to me as I am sure that many other customers would also prefer an unsliced loaf. I refuse to have a sliced loaf. I like my bread cut three inches thick so I can delight in the texture of the fluffy inner, feeling it melt away in my mouth. If I want sliced bread there is plenty of choice of sliced loaves, and I am quite capable of cutting it myself. Even a loaf sliced from the bakery loaf tastes totally different when it is cut into half inch thick slices rather than the chunks I like.
On both occasions they have lost a customer and I made do with a bowl of shredded wheat instead. And I will get some.yeast and continue continue to bake my own bread which will only be sliced at tje point of eating, and I can savour the flavour of a nice chunky piece.
What do others find annoying about supermarkets,, or is there anyone who thinks supermarkets are like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.
I enjoy some supermarkets , hate others.
One of my favourite ones was a Safeway near Roundhay park in Leeds. It was a nice medium size, never too busy and never empty, large windows on three sides, so lots of natural daylight. A large Tesco was built about a mile down the road. And that took most of its business. So this supermarket became a quiet backwater. Nice and relaxing to visit whenever I was in the area. Later it became renamed Somerfield then co-op. But the atmosphere remained the same.
A couple of years ago I got a shock. It was taken over by home Bargains and rebuilt. The windows were gone, replaced by brick. All artificial light inside and different layout and stock . Absolutely hated my visit. Haven't been back since then.
Now for other supermarkets and my opinions.
Aldi, in my city Aldi's all look the same,. Same stock in the same places, staff very busy and frightened, working very quickly. Aldi run a tight ship.
Lidil, very different from Aldi,. Stock similar, but very relaxed, fewer customers, and not as well stocked. Atmosphere very different.
Morrison's, again usually very relaxed. I've gone off their cafes,. Often long delays , out of stock meals and lukewarm food. Overall an excellent supermarket.
Sainsbury's, again no complaints.
Waitrose, .again relaxed and good food.
M& S,. One of my favourites.
Asda,. Depends on the branch.
Co-op. Current branches very over priced in middle class neighborhoods. Even more expensive than Waitrose.
Tesco. I've only recently forgiven them for chucking me off one of their training courses for being autistic.