Our New ASDA; What A Disappointment!
September 30, 2011 6:56pm CST
I was warned about this by a fellow Lotter. He said that his local Netto had been turned into an ASDA supermarket, like ours has, and he said he wasn't that impressed. I'm not either. I can't really put my finger on why but a chap we knew in there wanted sliced mushrooms (which he could get in the old Netto store) and he said he can't get them in the new ASDA replacement. The store has not retained any of the types of food Netto specialised in, such as cheap meats and European-influenced fare. I noticed something else too. In order to get their "alleged" 10,000 items in (which I dispute) there are more aisles, therefore they are narrower. Impossible for one trolley to pass another, in opposite directions, not that anybody could afford to do a massive shop in there, it's so expensive. So, today being a Friday, the place was packed after tea and it wasn't a pleasant experience browsing at all. If I'd gone in during the week when it was quieter I think it would've been easier to get around and I'd be able to concentrate better...and hubby too, of course. I reckon the people in there weren't local to the area. There were far more cars in the car park than when it was a Netto store which suggests to me that it was made up of customers that usually go in the BIGGER superstore at the other end of the city. Only time will tell if I grow to like this new ASDA. I can't use the cashpoint as it's a Barclays one (my bank is the RBS and it now charges for me to use other ATMs) so that's a no-no in itself. We were desperate for an ATM in the area but if I can't use it; no point.
1 Oct 11
I am not a big fan of ASDA food although their non-food stuff is OK. Our nearest is about 20 miles away so we aren't regular visitors anyway. Our closest supermarket is Waitrose which has lovely wide aisles and a good choice of foodstuffs. But at a price! The Boss has discovered 50p bargains at M&S round about 5.15pm. Rather than throw their food away they discount it to a ridiculously low price and we are the benefactors. Yesterday I had smoked salmon - 50p, asparagus tips - 10p and poached eggs (we had those already. Bought from the free range producer at £1.60 a doz) for supper. Yummy. More and more supermarkets have ATMs, I always thought that they were LINK machines. But I'm not sure which cards are LINK and which are not.
• Carlisle, England
2 Oct 11
Yes, at one time I could use my RBS card in any ATM with the word LINK on it..but not anymore. If I don't draw money (not that I have any) from my OWN bank's machines then I'll get charged. Apparently, they can't fund other banks using our services..or something. I bet you once RBS adopt this, other banks will follow suit. For starters, they own John's bank the NatWest but his isn't a basic account, so it probably won't affect him. Mine's basic because there's hardly anything in it. Not in debt though, which is something I suppose.
1 Oct 11
I will say that to start with the Asda we have was good and the prices beat most other shops, but now i have noticed that when my husband go to do the shopping most of the time there are not as many things that are cheaper and instead they are dearer.I know that asda has a price promise, but a lot of people do not bother or get the time to check their bill, to compare the prices.My mum checks hers and prints the vouchers out, when they have over charged her.Also sometimes there have been times that they have not had certain things in stock, so my husband has had to go to another super market to get what we wanted.
• Carlisle, England
1 Oct 11
Hi jugsjugs, nice to see you again. To be honest, I was quite shocked at the difference in the ASDA prices, compared to NETTO. It's obvious they haven't done any research to see what lines in NETTO sold the most and it's this that has upset me the most, actually. Only interested in profits. No way will the regular NETTO customers use this ASDA store, it's far too expensive, although the ALDI down the road may be rubbing their hands with glee over this. More customers for them, I reckon. ASDA will be OK for a few "bits" but I noticed no-one was doing a major shop in there, not even a weekly one, as their website claims we'll all be doing. My answer regarding the Price Promise thing they do; just reduce EVERYTHING in the store, not just weird items like strange-tasting yogurts no-one wants. I didn't see any of the "old" NETTO staff either, that ASDA claim to have retained.