It's off to Japan tomorrow and to stop me missing Poynton while I'm away, I thought I would start an Architectural Gems spot, and as you see, my first little gem is our wonderful supermarket Netto. When I first came to the village this supermarket site was owned by a shop called 'Mercury Market'. This had a small cafe, and my friend Mary and I used to have a cup of tea in there between taking the children to school and the post office opening to collect our Family Allowance.
After 'the Merc.' came LoCost which wasn't particularly. One assistant used to refuse to serve certain customers. One old gentleman we used to call Blind Pew was a very rude old man indeed and he was in the habit of whacking people across the shins with his white cane. Whenever Pew got to the till, the assistant used to slam it shut, and say 'Off on my break now' and just leave everyone waiting.
Imagine our delight when Netto opened about fifteen years ago.
Netto is the most wonderful shop. It has four aisles, and between the second and third aisle we have 'Aladin's Cave' which is full of all sorts of miraculous goodies. It is impossible to know what is going to turn up there. Could be wellies, baby clothes, printers, plastecine, light bulbs, pot plants, genuine fake Rolex watches, diamonds, computers, nail varnish, socks, Coty L'Aimant and so on and so on. My latest purchase was Timberland look-alike pale blue walking boots (£150 in Timberland) £9.95 Netto price! Oh, the greengrocer shop next door to Netto belongs to Cheeky Norman.
Some of the food looks a bit dodgy though. I don't like the look of the Armegeddon sausages or the Chenobyl cheese. I have never, ever known Netto to sell tofu though. You have to get that from Glenys's. More about her shop on a later posting.
The reason that Netto can sell it's products so cheaply is that they have hardly any staff and so long queues snake all down the aisles until someone grudgingly comes and opens a till. Also you have to unpack the huge cardboard boxes, which are dumped by the side of the aisle.
Beautiful Netto showing the third aisle and the Aladin's Cave.
I have promised Jane, the check-out lady I'll bring her back something tasteless from Japan. No-one quite does tasteless like the Japanese. I have in mind a Mount Fuji in a snowstorm.