Blog: Morrisons mayhem
Catherine Sleep | 12 August 2004
The Bromsgrove Safeway just a few minutes’ walk from our offices has just been converted to Morrisons.
This is terrible news. Why? Because the powers-that-be have deemed that it won’t open until 8.30, while Safeway used to open at 8. You’re probably wondering why I care. Well, I shall tell you. Sitting comfortably?
Most of the time I work from home down in Kent but two or three times a month I make the 320-mile round trip into the office to catch up with colleagues. Because of the vagaries of the M25 motorway this means leaving at 5.15am, meaning I arrive in Bromsgrove at 8. If I left home any later, the increasingly clogged motorway might well mean I didn’t arrive until mid-morning.
Instead of going straight to my desk, I have hitherto headed for the Safeway café, and gently wound down for half an hour with toast, coffee and a lightweight magazine. That half-hour slot makes me human again after the early start and the madness of the motorway. That’s now a thing of the past, alas. We’re stuck out on a business park so there’s nowhere else to go but the office; I guess my colleagues had better get prepared for some dawn sightings of a stroppy editor desperately in need of a coffee.
Other than that the differences don’t seem that major, although it was hard to tell when I headed down to Morrisons a few minutes ago to grab a sarnie. Today was the first day after refurbishment which meant shoppers had been deprived of their local supermarket for a whole FOUR days – worse than Christmas, imagine! It was bursting at the seams with customers ooh-ing and ah-ing over the tweaked layout and heaving sighs of relief that “Oh look, Bill, the loo roll’s in the same place, thank goodness for that”.
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