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    What is the first supermarket you can remember?

    What supermarket can you remember existed in your childhood? It may help if you think about the one your mother or grandmother shopped in.
    For me, as a child of the 60s in Liverpool, it is the Co-Op. I cannot remember if any other supermarket existed in this region until Spar came along in the 70s. Tesco seems like it has always been there.

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    Asda back in 1990

    Tesco back in the seventies

    Kwiks in the 80's :-)

    Mine is the Co-op too and I still use it as it the only option in our village

    Don't remember Tesco but can recall Asda from my childhood too

    Galbraith, I think it was called (Glasgow) sometime ago...............

    I think it must be Tesco's & the Co Op
    ''It's all at the Co Op ... Now'' !

    sainsburys has been in our town the longest i think

    The international, they used to deliver you shopping as well :thumbsup: back in the 60s :oops:

    Not so much a supermarket as a department 'store' ( not a word I recall from then), but not like Debenhams. The Co-op in the 50's, had separate bits to it - and the money was sent along in whizzy jars on wires in the air and you got divvy!!

    I remember crisps were the first thing after you went through the barrier, my mum used to sit us in the trolley open the multipack and give us a packet and we wernt to ask for anything else on the way round!! lol I'm sure you would be arrested for that these days!!

    always got a booty bag when dad did over time too :thumbsup: fruit salads and flap jacks happy days

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    chesso;2983060

    The Co-op in the 50's, had separate bits to it - and the money was sent … The Co-op in the 50's, had separate bits to it - and the money was sent along in whizzy jars on wires in the air and you got divvy!!



    And Green Shield Stamps. BTW. The Tesco near me uses that wizzy jar thingy still.

    Banned

    Supermarket - islamabad back in 1988

    Bejam

    Predikuesi;2983077

    And Green Shield Stamps. BTW. The Tesco near me uses that wizzy jar … And Green Shield Stamps. BTW. The Tesco near me uses that wizzy jar thingy still.


    When did GS stamps start?
    Do you live in a special heritage zone?

    lennons in leigh lancs its now iceland
    http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/8655/lennonstp1.jpg

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    chesso;2983093

    Wheh did GS stamps start?Do you live in a special heritage zone?




    http://www.retrowow.co.uk/retro_britain/green_shield_stamps/green_shield_stamsp.gif

    Green Shield Stamps were almost everywhere in the Britain of the 60s and … Green Shield Stamps were almost everywhere in the Britain of the 60s and 70s. If you bought your groceries at certain shops the retailer gave you stamps to stick in a book. Once you had collected enough you exchanged the books for gifts. Most people can remember Green Shield Stamps, but there were other schemes. Does anyone remember Blue Star, Gift Coupon, Happy Clubs, Thrift Stamp, Uneedus Bonus, Universal Sales Promotions or Yellow Stamps?

    A1 Food Hall - i think it had a red & olive green line as part of logo???

    Internationals

    Co-op and their voucher book back in the early 70s.

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    raptorcigs;2983102

    lennons in leigh lancs its now iceland



    Two Pound of sugar 1/3d, those were the days!

    My mum shopped at the 2 we had in our high street in the sixties ................Laws stores and Moores .
    Whickham Front Street if anyone from the area can remember .

    Mine was Savacentre (now a Sainsburys) in the 80's. Great store and it had a catchy jingle to go with the store aswell... memories!

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    ricko;2983202

    My mum shopped at the 2 we had in our high street in the sixties … My mum shopped at the 2 we had in our high street in the sixties ................Laws stores and Moores .Whickham Front Street if anyone from the area can remember .



    They ought to have joined together 'Laws & Moores' has a ring to it.

    It was international, then changed to Gateways, then to somerfields. And finefare

    Capitol?

    Ohh I can also remember Dunne Stores too

    1942 First self-service shop opened by the London Co-operative Society. By 1950, 90% of all the self-service stores in the UK were operated by co-operatives.

    1955 British co-operatives operating 30,000 retail shops reaching their peak in terms of market penetration; having market shares for food of 20% 12% of non-food; and with 13 million people reported to be in membership.

    I can't find a picture of the whizzy things!!

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    fireheaven;2983235

    Ohh I can also remember Dunne Stores too


    Is that the Dunnes Stores in Ireland?

    Finefare, must have been the mid-eighties I suppose. They had the best chips in their cafe bit :thumbsup:

    nlambert;2983224

    It was international, then changed to Gateways, then to somerfields. And … It was international, then changed to Gateways, then to somerfields. And finefare



    Ooh, FineFare, yup remember one of those in Barton on Humber, late 70's early 80's

    Also used to get dragged 'round Jacksons & Granways (thick yellow & red vertical striped background to the black, curly font, with rounded edges to the bottom of the stripes) in Grimsby in the early 70's......

    Predikuesi;2983262

    Is that the Dunnes Stores in Ireland?



    Yep - its still the same too

    chesso;2983060

    Not so much a supermarket as a department 'store' ( not a word I recall … Not so much a supermarket as a department 'store' ( not a word I recall from then), but not like Debenhams. The Co-op in the 50's, had separate bits to it - and the money was sent along in whizzy jars on wires in the air and you got divvy!!


    LoL I remember those, sales assistant put the money in then Wizzz of to the cashier in a booth, then WIIzzzzz back it came with the change :roll:

    Remember dad driving round looking for double treble or even quad Green Shield stamps :w00t:

    happy donkey;2983293

    LoL I remember those, sales assistant put the money in then Wizzz of to … LoL I remember those, sales assistant put the money in then Wizzz of to the cashier in a booth, then WIIzzzzz back it came with the change :roll:Remember dad driving round looking for double treble or even duad Green Shield stamps :w00t:



    I remembered our divvy number for many a long year but it's evaporated from my brain now. Used to love going to get it with my mum.
    GS stamps - my job - sticking them all in. Brill.

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    chesso;2983261

    I can't find a picture of the whizzy things!!



    A modern version
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/images/pneumatic-tube.jpg

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    fireheaven;2983278

    Yep - its still the same too



    My wife's family swore by SuperValue

    Predikuesi;2983331

    A modern version



    haha!!

    Finefare. I remember you could weigh out your own cereal, coffee, sugar etc. It's Asda now

    gateways, bejams and and one that began with a K kwick save or summit

    ilovepink;2983369

    gateways, bejams and and one that began with a K kwick save or summit



    Kwik-E-Mart????

    Must remember to seperate reality from fiction......:whistling:

    ilovepink;2983369

    gateways, bejams and and one that began with a K kwick save or summit



    It was Kwik save, i remember that too. Our Kwik save only closed 2 years ago
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