Since i m a huge fan of Tescos i love any tesco store, wish you would build them in Germany ;-)
Abingdon Tesco is a very useful place - it's pretty much always open, and is so big it stocks pretty much everything you could want from a supermarket and plenty of non-food items to beat. If you've got the late night munchies, or are bored when all the other shops are shut, then it's ideal.
On the other hand, it's not a very nice place to visit. The lights are harsh and it's pretty much always packed - there's no such thing as a quick visit and the queues as the checkouts are often horrendous.
Many of the staff aren't very nice either - sporting bored or miserable expressions and obviously tasked with moving you on as quickly as possible.
I have never been in the cafe (I'm rarely in store while it's open) but it makes the whole place smell of chips and vinegar.
But there's plenty of food bargains, plenty of choice and items are rarely out of stock - so if you're trying to fill a trolley without breaking the budget then Tesco is a good choice. It's easy to get to, has free parking and a petrol station and a garden centre.
As far as a Tesco store goes, this one is good enough. Decent size and variety of the usual stock - food, home, electic (small selection), kids stuff, clothes & chemist. There is also an opticians on-site.
Sadly though, the petrol station isn't doing it's economic duty and doesn't drive prices down by introducing competition into the town. There have been a number of times when prices at the Tesco pumps have been greater than those prices on the Esso pumps (next door).
Tesco is expensive and getting dearer. Once they find a good seller they substitue it with their own cheaper substitute at the same price.
Getting fed up with the place and the staff that think they are doing you a favour.
It's really odd for me to say this about a chain store but I love this place. It's got a real exciting buzz about it whenever I go in. It used to be the largest in the country and I got so excited (I'm sad) when they started selling clothes, and pretty good practical and occasionally beautiful clothes. Great to buy your basic knickers or socks (bye M&S) not to mention all the little corners of unexpected finds. It's taken over from woolworths for that now, everytime I go in I find something different. Of course I must mention the food. I've always found it good, I tend to do my monthly basic shop here but nip to Waitrose that is closer for the more exciting extra bits.
Staff are always helpful and friendly and often dress up with themes and go casual late at night which is fun! Parking is never a problem and petrol is always pretty cheap, I often use it to meet up with people as its so useful close to the A34 and great for bulk shopping (my parents used to stock up whenever they came over from France with stuff to take back with them!)
Tesco in Abingdon. Hmm, where do I start?!
I always do my food shopping there, so I guess that says something. I quite like the wide range of products they have on offer. However I find the layout of the store a bit confusing.
I find Tesco a bit annoying because they advertise various special offers etc, so I buy the products thinking they are half price or buy one get one free etc, and then when I check my receipts later they have gone through at full price. This is so frustrating! I usually brave the queues at customer service to get my money back, but they always seem a bit like it is too much trouble for them, and act annoyed even when they fetch the shelf-edge label and it shows that it should have been reduced. While I understand that a few things are going to slip through the bet due to human error, it seems to happen a lot and wouldnt be so bad if the customer service staff were a bit more pleasant about it! It's not my fault their computers are wrong!
The home and wear section of the Abingdon tesco is quite extensive, lots of craft products if you like crafting, a large range of duvet covers, towels and that kind of thing. But having been in a couple of very large tesco extra stores I now know what Im missing and wish they could extend the store in Abingdon to stock the same range!
I usually do my main food shopping in Tesco, mainly because it is convenient to where I live, has a good range of products and the prices are reasonable.
They have an instore bakery, a pharmacy, meat and fish counters and a large home section selling everything from lightbulbs to clothes, as well as a (small) changing room if you want to try anything on before you buy.
There is a cafe selling drinks and hot/cold food, and large fairly clean public toilets.
The checkouts do get quite busy from time to time and you hear them calling for all checkout trained staff to go to the tills, but no-one ever seems to appear!
This is a really big branch of Tescos, and it is open 24 hours (except Sundays when it is 10-4 due to the Sunday trading laws), making it a really convenient place to shop. It has a petrol station and a garden centre as well as the main store- which has a cafe. As well as the usual food it sells toiletries, electricals, clothes, homewares, books, cds and dvds. It has a good range of food on offer too- the best bit is the krispy kreme donuts stand near the entrance! The store does get very busy though, especially at weekends, so it is better to go at quiter times when it is much nicer to shop here as you can easily get down all the isles. Not the nicest supermarket around, but very convenient.
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