So here's a quick update and why I feel Boots are a great company.
After somehow scratching my eye on Thursday night (Halloween party, actually only had 2 beers...) I woke up on Friday to see it was something that would have fitted in quite well with our party!
Within 10 mins of calling up I was booked in for an afternoon emergency appointment where the optician gave me the going over, prescribed some antibiotic eye drops and then gave me a follow up appt after the weekend.
This was all free as part of being on their vision plan (doesn't cost anything more, it's just part of getting my contacts from there) and from the moment of coming in to the moment I was given the all clear all of the staff were super friendly.
I really feel Boots went the extra mile and did the best they possibly could have. I will always go with Boots for my eye care as opposed to going for the slightly cheaper all online options as it's nice to have the in person, friendly and professional care when dealing with something as important as eye care!
I love big stores like these. More importantly, it's an open plan layout. So no funny corridors. Just like with most of the bigger boots, it's got everything. Plus it's photo printing service, family planning, pharmacy consultation as well...and the GPs are upstairs.
On the ground floor, it's got 2 big checkout areas...all catering for the working peeps out there. And a pretty decent size food section as well (might as well collect points while doing the groceries huh?)
I go to the opticians here and they're great. Always keep to appointed times, I never have to wait. The staff are very efficient, friendly and helpful. They also remind you of appointments via texts which is very handy for me!
There comes a time in every person's life when they say to themselves: "I need to do something with my hair." Or in my case it was more like: "something needs to be done about my hair".
It was, frankly, a mess. And it had been for some time. I have generous and free-thinking friends, so they hadn't been proactive in telling me how bad it had gotten - perhaps if I lived in LA there might have been some kind of intervention by now, but anyway, I digress. The point is, I decided to sort out my barnet with the use of lotions, potions and powertools.
Boots on Market St was the perfect hardware store. Packed with products from the cheap and clearly labelled right up to the fashion powerhouses of Dior and Dolce, Boots offer a fantastic range for all budgets. I am the proud owner of the elusive and highly sought after 'Boots Advantage Card', and planned to make use of some points I had totted up.
Cue: Complicated Advantage Card Maths
With the help of some kind and knowledgeable shop assistants, I managed to get myself a set of fancy hair straighteners and some delicious smelling styling products for a vastly reduced price. I also collected a whole bunch of extra bonus points - the staff are clued in to the special offers available, and are really generous with their time helping you to make the most of the deals.
The Market Street store is large and well laid out over two floors, with roomier aisles upstairs in the parent and baby section (handy for wheeling a buggie around I imagine). Downstairs you will find a pharmacy, a mini-Waitrose (that Emma-Lou is very fond of...) and self service machines which come in handy if there are long queues.
There's a Waitrose in my Boots. There's a Waitrose in my Boots. There's a Waitrose in my Boots.
Sorry, I'm just excited... the last time I was in the vicinity of a Waitrose I was watching the Tottenham v. Chelsea match in London (I know, I'm so hip) and it felt very highbrow. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the store from its Cross Street entrance expecting to see deodorant, toothbrushes and tampons alongside the odd Boots meal deal and gossip magazine and was instead greeted by... figs? Ready meals? Flowers? RASPBERRIES?
You can't deny that Waitrose is high quality, right? It's a step up from Marks and Sainsbury's and makes this fact known with its inflated prices. But I happened to have a moment of serendipitous fabulousness, and it's my job to share it with you. Get there sometime before closing, perhaps around an hour or so. Suddenly, even if you're a penniless student, a budgeting writer (hello mirror) or between jobs, you'll find yourself being able to afford the tasty goods in here, as long as you use them fairly quickly. Why? Well, the stock here is so fresh, the use-by or display-until tends to be quite close, and if you see any sandwiches or produce with the same date on them as today, likely the man with the stickers will be marking them down considerably very shortly.
Let me give you some examples. I got a generous £2.99 punnet of raspberries for 64p, 6 organic free range ethically sound eggs for 24p, four deliciously ripe figs (to be enjoyed later with a sticky balsamic sauce and some cheese) for £1.99, a tub of ricotta cheese which I'd be making into a cheesecake for around 24p also and a delicious, large tub of summer fruits compote from Yeo Valley for 99p. I was set! I've been back since at the right times and I've always managed to bag a bargain or two.
So get yourself down there. I don't know whether Boots is affiliated with Waitrose or whether they just rented out the space at the back of the shop, but there's something thrilling about being able to pick up your evening meal alongside your toiletries. Not that you can't do that in the supermarket, but... well, ah... you know what I mean. Normally the toiletries aren't the central focus. Here, they are, but there's an absolute ton of groceries alongside them.
And Waitrose sandwiches, for pre-packaged sweaty conveniences, are pretty darn good. In fact I'd say they're on par with Marks. And they've won awards. So, what are you waiting for?!?
Damn Boots. I wandered into their flagship Manchester store last week for a lipstick and left 15 minutes later armed with beautiful Biotherm products for my sweetheart!
A massive, two storey shop at the bottom of Market Streets, Boots is a one-stop shop for health, beauty and body products. As well as aisles and aisles of toiletries and skincare, they have in-house opticians, pharmacists and private consultation rooms. The reason I usually venture there however, is for the excellent beauty counters stocking everything from Clarins, Clinique and Lancome to Benefit, Origins and Ruby & Millie. There's also a brilliant Biotherm counter - where they're currently selling incredible gift sets featuring their best selling source therapie serum. Just don't tell too many people, eh?
Absolutely gargantuan Boots store. That's the best way to describe this one.
As some other reviews mention is also contains a Waitrose, the first in central Manchester before the new one opened a little down the road. I'll often pop in for a meal deal whilst heading to work as the quality of food is excellent. But that's nothing compared to the choice of...well, pretty much everything else.
Basically I came out two weeks ago with a new shaver, shower gel, asprin, a sandwich, a packet of condoms (not the JLS ones of course, which they do stock, much to my hilarity), a mens fragrance (a huge choice again) and if I'd have wanted to, or needed to, kids clothing, a pair of specs and a bath set.
Lots of room to move around too.
This boots is massive!!!!!!!! Its on market street so the location is great. It has in it the usual stuff you would expect from boots plus:
A waitrose - so great for some posh nosh
A NHS walk in health centre! - Its well hidden so you might have to ask where it is but its there and very helpful. Its also my local doctors who is quite cool.
It has access from all sorts of places and has pretty much everything in it and a large selection of it.
They do a really good meal deal at boots where for £2.99 you get any sandwich/salad/pasta dish, a side (crisps, chocolate, fruit etc) and any drink from a pretty good selection.
I don't think I've ever been inside such a large Boots, ever. It stretches off to eternity in all directions, and contains practically anything you could want to make yourself look, smell or feel better.
The whole place is neatly divided and laid out, so you know exactly where to go for what, and it is very easy to end up leaving with more than you intended with the various offers and deals that always seem to be on. They do have a large pharmacy and a lot of helpful staff on board, so it can also be as useful first stop, as Emma-Louise points out, with minor health concerns.
Seriously, I don't know why you would head anywhere else in Manchester for basic toiletries and bathroom products.
Boots, with its gloriously generous four-points-earned-for-every-pound-you-spend advantage card scheme, has certainly kept me loyal to the company. The points add up so quickly that you truly can treat yourself every couple of months or so. This particular branch is absolutely enormous and stocks everything you could possibly ever need to satisfy your cosmetic, pharmaceutical or homeopathic requirements.
It contains an opticians, pharmacy and photo developing laboratory all under one roof along with the most gargantuan christmas gift selection, during the festive season, you will ever see. Their three for two offer is perfect for all those difficult to buy for mother-in-laws and aunts and allows you to treat yourself too.
One of my secret tips is, if you're interested in analogue photography, to buy the bags of five thirty-six millimetre rolls of film for around seven pounds as for each film you get developed you'll earn one hundred points plus the points you'd earn anyway from the purchase of the films and the processing costs. This really helps the points to pile up!
All the other Yelpers are singing the praises of this Boots because it's apparently gigantic compared to other Boots which equals more selection. I get that. But that doesn't change the fact that you'll need to watch out for nagging high prices and (of all things) YOUR VERY SAFETY.
I went to this Boots looking to pick up a few things and while I was standing in an aisle looking at mouthwash, one of the staff (presumably a plain clothes security officer) ran past me at a full sprint trying to apprehend a thief. Had I stepped back even a millimeter from where I was he would have knocked me face first onto the floor and I probably would have had a few broken teeth - not good for a traveler with no insurance.
I'm sorry, but putting people's safety at risk because you're trying to protect merchandise is just ridiculous - I don't care what they stole. I'll avoid this Boots as much as I can for that reason.
I adore this branch of Boots. Indeed, I'd argue that no other shop in Manchester comes close to the wide range of cosmetics, perfumes and other assorted sundries on offer here. I can very happily waste an hour or three just wandering around from make-up counter to make-up counter, trying all of the different wares, and trying (and failing most of the time) to restrain my inner teenager from spending all of my hard earned money on sparkly eyeshadows and vibrating mascaras.
Pretty much every major cosmetics company has a outlet in the large, well lit, main area of the store, and they're usually heaving with knowledgable staff who are always more than happy to take the time and the effort to recommend the best product for your requirements (and skin type). It also stocks an extensive range of bodycare products, including my personal favourite - Soap and Glory.
This branch of Boots also provides eyecare, dentistry and sexual health services, which is great if you work in the City Centre and are unable to escape from your office to see the doctor. All in all, this is a wonderful and well stocked branch of a much loved chainstore.
This boots are massive and I really like it.
I specially like sale season. Most of Xmas items are reduced half price , then 75 % off I buy lots for my friend's gifts.
They also have many testers for perfumes and I like the fact they have Origins .
This Boots is a good size with loads of choice in terms of beauty, health, and gifts. At christmas they do their three for two deals and afterward they do the 75% off deals which can save you loads of money!
The staff are very nice in general and the pharmacy staff are very helpful and dont push you to buy the branded goods when own brand will do. The choice is good especially with the makeup and beauty goods and there is something for everyone in store including lots for babies and toddlers.
My favourite Boots.
Well spaced aisles and friendly helpful staff. I love my Boots advantage card
This Boots store in the heart of Manchester is absolutely huge with a wide range of bodycare/perfume/health and other products available in this spacious and clean interior shop.
It also offers a small selection of snacks and sandwiches for those looking for a bite to eat whilst inside the store and sells everything from baby products to hair products to shaving products.
Definitely stocks everything you would ever need health and bodywise.
In store also includes an onsight pharmacy and drop-in GP for those who need it or minor ailments. The contraceptive pill is also given out free here on consultancy with the GP instore.
For all your health and Beauty needs. Boots is a massive store in the centre of Manchester's market street. It has two floors, the first floor is for everything baby, home and photographic. The ground floor is where all of your health problems can be solved and where you can buy make up, perfume, hair products, face products, shaving products and anything else you can possible think of that you would need to be well groomed! They always have bogof and 3for2 offers on deodorants, shampoos and other stuff like that, so it is always good value for money in that respect. I like the advantage points system, you collect 4 points per pound to spend in the store and can also get exclusive offers through the post. In somewhere like boots you are always guranteed to get whatever it was you were looking for.
Boots on Market Street in Manchester is a vast and enormous shop selling pharmaceuticals, make up, fragrances, haircare items, bathings products, toys, gifts, baby items and food. The shop is set on 2 floors and has everything you could need. The prices are ok, and they have some great offers on, especially running up to Christmas. They have plenty of staffed tills, so queues are quickly moved, and they have a set of self service tills which are easy to use. They have a member of staff on hand to assist you if you need it. Their advantage card system is generous, giving you 4 points for every pound you spend in the store which can be used to purchase items when you have accumulated enough. They host special evenings running up to Christmas where for every £50 you spend, you receive 1000 points (equal to £10) to spend in store.
Boots sell every beauty and medicinal product under the sun and they will always have what you want in, in stock. Personally I only shop in Boots as a last resort because of price. There are many more places you can go that are much cheaper i.e. superdrug,body care, lloyds and buy the same brand products but at half the price. They can charge the full price because Boots is a British staple of our beauty diet but I would look else where. The one redeeming thing about Boots though is their christmas offers where you can buy 3 for 2 gift sets which are very good value for money.
Enormous range of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, haircare, skincare etc.. more products than you could wish for!
They also offer pharmacy and optician services aswell as sales assistance to advise when you need it.
Designer make-up counters, great perfume selections and great offers within store!
Also if your hungry on the go there are great sandwich meal-deals for you to pick up!
Boots stores all over UK are fantastic, staff very helpfull, fantastic range of products, alwys find what you are looking for. The reward card is brilliamt, I save it till Christmas and then use them,
big store, great staff and a lovely shop
i loved boots as a kid often chose the testers before going school lol sorry but all round quality for money
This is a nice Boots in that it's big, spacious, has lots of products and lots of tills. There are many things you could buy as gifts and you can also go in just to get your lunch and they do a good meal deal.
this branch has a very wide range of goods, but the only thing I do not like about it is the parking is not very convenient even if u get a lift there is nowhere suitable to wait.
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