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seymourbutts
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seymourbutts
Re: co-op
10th August 2010 at 9:41AM
Guest Wrote:


And as for the Stockport ASDA being grubby, I’m sorry you can’t polish a turd :D


Agreed. I no longer live in Stockport, but everytime I visit Stockport and have cause to visit Asda, it acts as a good reminder as to why I moved out of the area. Social commentators would get good column inches out of reporting the shenanigans which go on in there.
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Robot69
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Robot69
Re: co-op
10th August 2010 at 11:01AM
So why isn't Tesco across the road grubby, why isn't M&S, a few hundred yards away, not grubby (yes, not M&S's high quality) and even Matalan.

The condition of the store is not down to the users but the investment the comapany puts into it - and I've work at ASDA House, Leeds for a few year
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Adamski
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Adamski
Re: co-op
10th August 2010 at 6:25PM
Robot69 Wrote:

The condition of the store is not down to the users but the investment the comapany puts into it - and I've work at ASDA House, Leeds for a few year

I've heard rumours that Asda want to move out of that store and into something new in the Portwood area. Sainsburys also from the little supermarket opposite Asda to a new building.
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The voive of ASDA
Drifter
Re: co-op
10th August 2010 at 6:54PM
The smart money isn't on portwood, the real inside info is they might be looking to move to near the co-op pyramid, ironic i know... lol
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JD
Drifter
Re: co-op
11th August 2010 at 4:57AM
I heard the co-op was going to become a Morrisons...then Tesco...now on this forum it's going to become an ASDA?

Which is it?!
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Debbieh
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Re: co-op
12th August 2010 at 4:18AM
ASDA!!! Bring on the Pizzas
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Silenzi
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Silenzi
Re: co-op
12th August 2010 at 7:02AM
It's definitely ASDA!
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Mick
Drifter
Re: co-op
17th August 2010 at 11:53AM
It was pathetic how badly managed the Coop was over the decades. In theory as a retail cooperative they are supposed to be serving their customers and distributing their profits to us.

In practice they are a badly run business that barely makes profits hence their decline over the past 3 decades from number one grocer to number 5 and still falling. I was so annoyed about it that I wrote this letter to their chief executive.

They've only just started doing that again


Dear Peter Marks

As a regular user of the Hazel Grove store and a Co-operative member it surprises me that you have sold this store to Asda. The store has a very loyal and mostly elderly clientele. Loyal even after decades of under investment and poor Co-operative retail management over the past 30 years. Which has seen Co-operative food retail shrink from 1st place to 5th place behind Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons.

Over the past 20+ years you have retreated from challenging the big four supermarkets closing Co-operative stores in Moss Side, Chorlton and elsewhere. Where will this stop? You are closing Hazel Grove and I suspect will soon close Marple, New Mills and others.

I notice that you had planning permission since 2000 to enable you to build a direct entrance from the A6 to the Hazel Grove store car park. If you had done this you would be able to directly challenge the other supermarkets of Hazel Grove. Asda are convinced they can make a profit from the store in Hazel Grove. Why couldn’t you make a profit? Don’t you find it shameful that your retail team made losses over years and as a mark of their inept failure then sold the store to Asda?

Closing stores such as Hazel Grove is not serving our membership or the general public. The focus on convenience stores, such as Great Moor and an over priced pint of milk, is not a substitute for providing a full retail food shopping service to your members and the public. We of course now shop in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi etc because of this retail mismanagement failing to meet the needs of the public.

Other than the closure of Hazel Grove I am pleased with the new Co-operative group direction. It was absolutely essential to reinstate the dividend (otherwise you are just an inefficient non profit making bureaucracy). Similarly re-branding of the group and new investment in stores make them better competition for the big four.

What I want to see is more vision, more passion and more gutsiness to take the retail fight to the big supermarkets. Why don’t you build a big Co-operative supermarket in Stockport to directly challenge the mega branches of Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons? This I believe will be truly meeting the needs of members and the public where they have reasons of fair price and choice to shop in the Co-operative than just environmental and ethical stance.


Yours faithfully


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Adamski
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Adamski
Re: co-op
17th August 2010 at 6:41PM
Mick,

I believe that Shopping Giant is loosely 'attached' to the Co-op group and there are only a couple of those stores in the country. This comes from a mate who works at the HQ in Manchester and the main focus now is the smaller stores like Heald Green (recently built) and Poynton (full refit this year). If someone like Asda comes in and makes a offer for a store that needs a serious refurb, why not?
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