You are of course right Dave, many will use it. We should have no loyalty to the Co-op we have suffered their floundering for too long now, with their empty shelves, erratic openings and closings and pricing policy based on the highest that the population of Marple will stand.
I live alone and my food bill is not a big expense. However that was not always the case and if I had a family to bring up now then I wouldn't do a big shop in the Co-op, I would go elsewhere and that is what people are doing, I have seen them.
Asda are not fools they will have done their research.
I buy most of my fresh produce from local business for no other reason than I wish to support them. Nevertheless, over the years I have purchased from every supermarket there is and apart from supermarket bread which is all tasteless and horrible (how do they all achieve this?) I have found little if any difference in quality from one to another. To me the assertion that Asda is low quality is nonsense and based upon some snooty myth as they are no different than anybody else. Perhaps somebody out there could enlighten me and let me know what the difference in quality is in; a tin of beans, a bar of soap, a newspaper, a box of teabags, a bottle of gin, some dishwasher tablets, an apple and a mushroom whether I buy them from Asda, Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons, M&S or ALDI or anywhere else that springs to mind even the co-op, although the last time I went to the co-op for mushrooms they didn't have any..."for some reason we've had a rush on them today."
I do have one reservation about ASDA but it is not really to do with their identity. It is my understanding that they plan to expand to 25,000 - sf. Parking in Marple is currently stretched to capacity and I can only see the traffic situation becoming even worse than it already is.
Of course ASDA will have done their research! That is my point. And why I am concerned. As to the quality issue being a myth please do your research - just a few years ago ASDA's Chief Executive himself described the quality of food sold by all ASDA stores as "not good enough" and it has not improved since then by most accounts. In my opinion the Co-op is not much better but if you ask any impartial judge (and I don't mean surveys of shoppers in store who obviously like the shop which is why they are in there and able to take part in the survey in the first place) the Co-op IS better quality than ASDA which is why I fail to see any reason to celebrate its arrival. I would actually say that the Co-op selling out of mushrooms was an indicator of the quality of the mushrooms, ditto empty shelves, but before anybody starts in with the insults again that was a little joke to try to lighten things up... this is definitely my last post so just a few more points - to the person who said I am a troll: please look it up. I didn't start with the insults and I really would have a field day with you if I was a troll. Re; Memorial Park: yes, I exaggerated but immediately regretted it and took that comment back, but I didn't lie - I walked through this afternoon and nearly stood in 3 separate lumps of dog muck near the kids' play area. No Greggs' bags though, i'll give you that. And I'll agree its not a bad park, though nothing to shout about either. Finally, if you want the ASDA just remember it when your house prices don't go up as much as they should, because like it or not, justified or not, an ASDA in a town holds down prices whereas a Waitrose or an M&S causes them to rise. I have no idea why that is other than I guess no-one travels far to go to ASDA whereas people will travel from other towns to shop at Waitrose or M&S but maybe its because of the effect they have on other shops nearby. Personally I won't be going there and I will be using the local shops as I mostly always have done anyway. I just hope they are still there in a year or two because one thing about the Co-op, they were not too damaging to the town centre. ASDA low prices will provide a much tougher challenge for several long established Marple businesses and I fear for their survival if people fall for the old ASDA jingly pockets. By the way, don't expect to see Julie Walters in there anytime soon. This may be a shock announcement to some people but I've heard she doesn't actually shop in ASDA! Is she a snooty???