Manchester's city center has yet another Spar. Another place to nip into for a bag of apples, a bottle of water, a pack of beer, that forgotten fabric softener or a magazine.
This "new" Spar is at the site of an old Spar. While the Holiday Inn Express Spar shares its property with was being constructed, this Spar relocated just a few minutes walk down the road on Higher Cambridge Street.
Today, both Spars (the Higher Cambridge Street establishment and the newly-refurbished Oxford Road location) are open for business, although getting into the new Spar has become quite the discussion point.
That is because this shiny new convenience store with its wall of spirits and beer, glossy magazine rack, impressive fresh-fruit and vegetable crisper is entered through its windows. I'm not joking.
In the front of the establishment is a very permanent metal box that should have been removed prior to the store's opening. However, due to the ongoing gas main works surrounding the city center and Oxford Road, the box stayed in place. Faced with the decision to stay closed while waiting for the box to be moved or to take matters into his own hands, the store's owner decided to remove two of the floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the store and utilize the gaps as entrances.
While the products are the same and the prices are the same, visiting Manchester's newest city center Spar is definitely not the same. When was the last time you entered an establishment via its window, anyway?
Open til 3am to serve you alcohol!
And you can also buy whatever else your drunken mind wants- which could be anything! I always end up in spar on a friday and saturday night after clubbing, it's the only shop that's open at that time! and you can get a taxi from outside!
Yes there is usually tramps/junkies outside but i've never had any trouble off them! Have a look in the reduced section, pizza and other ready meals for cheap!
Is it the end of a big night out? Are you looking for a place that will sell you booze long after the advent of the Witching Hour so you can get your after party started? Then behold the legendary Oxford Road branch of Spar - it's open to 3am, it smells a bit (and not in the good way) and it's usually packed to the rafters with cheap booze, post-club ravers, and more than one homeless person pan-handling for small change.
If cheap, no-cook snacks are your thing, they also sell a wide range of pre-heated pasties, crisps, and (so I've been led to believe) an extensive selection of bongo mags if you're feeling a bit frisky.
The queues at this branch of Spar are also pretty legendary. They go around the block and are a great way to meet new friends, and even the odd z-list celebrity or two (my wee sister has met more than one member of the Hollyoaks cast whilst buying some midnight Barcardi Breezers. Don't ask me which ones though, I'm not really good with stuff like that).
This place is deservedly legendary amongst the hearts and minds of the people in Manchester. Not even its move around the corner has dampened its charms. Forget that branch of Tesco's near your house that's open 24 hours, the Oxford Road Spar is the place you really want to be hanging out after closing time.
This Spar is the stuff of legend. Open all hours and serving booze until an astonishing 3am, it's a popular post-club destination for Manchester's drunken revellers. Whether you want to pick up a bottle of wine and carry on partying or simply buy a mountain of chocolate for the nightbus home, you'll get it here!
Like all places that are open until stupid o'clock, you can usually meet some pretty cool characters at this Spar and some scary ones. In fact, once I met Tin Head from Brookside buying potatoes at about 2am. True fact!
You've probably already noticed that this branch's usual home is being rebuilt - I think they're turning it into a hotel. The store is currently in a temporary location, just down a tiny alleyway. So please be careful if you're visiting it at night on your own!
The items are reasonably priced but this shop is located at a busy junction in the middle of student universities so expect long queues in-store. I always try to avoid this Spar store and go to their other store instead, which is located further up the Oxford road in the University Precinct Centre.
This very convenient Spar, with it being right at the heart of University fraternity in Manchester, gives you the perfect place to buy a bite for lunch/coffee/snacks/drinks etc.
The meal deal is definitely the best available I think with the wide array of sandwiches and crisps available and with it just being so close to all of my University buildings, I have spent many a pound on lunch in this place.
It is usually filled at busy times with a very large queue but they have quite a few staff available on the tills, so that diminishes quickly but definitely recommended for your eating needs.
Convenient, reasonably priced and handy. The massivly red glowing SPAR sign always lures me in on my way home. I spend ages agonising over which tasty meat snack and drink combo I will indulge in this time. Great Mag selection. Great offers on drinks. All in all a convenient place to shop with lots of different types of stuff - even some fresh, bonza. The only thing is, 9 times out of 10 it is surrounded by junkies scoring or begging. Not so good. Keep your head down and walk fast is my motto.
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