New Marks & Spencer Simply Food draws crowds of excited shoppers

New Marks & Spencer Simply Food draws crowds of excited shoppers

New Marks & Spencer Simply Food draws crowds of excited shoppers

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Crowds of eager shoppers welcomed the long-awaited return of Marks & Spencer Simply Food to Braintree today.

The 9,000 sq ft food store opened at 10am to nearly a hundred keen customers in the former Comet site on Braintree Retail Park.

Store Manager Rodney Rajack cut the ribbon to the store which will employ 62 staff and sell 4,500 different food products, including freshly baked goods and hot and cold meals from the cafe.

He said: “I’m so proud - it’s really nice to be back in Braintree and I’m looking forward to building a relationship with our new customers.”

Marks & Spencer Simply Food Braintree will be open 8am - 9pm Monday to Saturday and 11.00am - 5pm on Sundays.

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4:17pm Wed 16 Jul 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Seriously, people crowding to shop at a new foodstore? Have people got nothing better to do?
Seriously, people crowding to shop at a new foodstore? Have people got nothing better to do? The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 8

4:35pm Wed 16 Jul 14

HARRY438 says...

If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?
If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff? HARRY438
  • Score: 12

4:38pm Wed 16 Jul 14

HARRY438 says...

Hope they're happy paying 5p for a plastic bag?
Hope they're happy paying 5p for a plastic bag? HARRY438
  • Score: 0

4:41pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

Paying for plastic bags is sensible.
Paying for plastic bags is sensible. Jack222
  • Score: -1

4:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

The Stinker Returns says...

HARRY438 wrote:
If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?
Look at the second photo. I'm not going to say what I think to avoid offending anyone
[quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?[/p][/quote]Look at the second photo. I'm not going to say what I think to avoid offending anyone The Stinker Returns
  • Score: -3

4:45pm Wed 16 Jul 14

pierre-pierre says...

and all the town center food stores loose trade
and all the town center food stores loose trade pierre-pierre
  • Score: -9

5:24pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Boris says...

It's just an advertorial, to please the brainless and witless.
It's just an advertorial, to please the brainless and witless. Boris
  • Score: -4

5:25pm Wed 16 Jul 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Ah, my gallic friend -- that is what it's all about: competition. If the town centre stores can match or exceed the standards and prices set by M & S then customers will go there.

It strikes me that too many people are entrenched in the idea that the government (whatever or whomever it might comprise) should control the entire economy a la Herr Marx et al. Do you really want to abolish capitalist property and economic relations and establish social (i.e. public, collective) ownership and management of society's political, economic, and cultural institutions? If so then I would suggest you really are an anachronism since communism in that form has been resounded rejected throughout the world. Let the market breath and accept -- nay! embrace -- change: change is good, M. Pierre!

Well, maybe except Democratic People's Republic of Korea (now, there's a contradiction in terms!).
Ah, my gallic friend -- that is what it's all about: competition. If the town centre stores can match or exceed the standards and prices set by M & S then customers will go there. It strikes me that too many people are entrenched in the idea that the government (whatever or whomever it might comprise) should control the entire economy a la Herr Marx et al. Do you really want to abolish capitalist property and economic relations and establish social (i.e. public, collective) ownership and management of society's political, economic, and cultural institutions? If so then I would suggest you really are an anachronism since communism in that form has been resounded rejected throughout the world. Let the market breath and accept -- nay! embrace -- change: change is good, M. Pierre! Well, maybe except Democratic People's Republic of Korea (now, there's a contradiction in terms!). /@|_|@\
  • Score: 5

5:45pm Wed 16 Jul 14

fnagwaa says...

Well I had been looking forward to this event for months. I booked the week off work and my family and I camped outside for 5 days. I couldn't believe my eyes when the doors opened and I saw all the food and goods on sale.

What a fantastic idea, to group all of these day to day necessities under one roof. I wish that more of these 'super'markets would open up around the country so that people outside of Braintree can share my wonderful experience.

Anyway I have to go now, I need to refuel my car and buy some flowers, I wish someone would think of a way I didn't have to visit the petrol station and the florist as this would save so much time.
Well I had been looking forward to this event for months. I booked the week off work and my family and I camped outside for 5 days. I couldn't believe my eyes when the doors opened and I saw all the food and goods on sale. What a fantastic idea, to group all of these day to day necessities under one roof. I wish that more of these 'super'markets would open up around the country so that people outside of Braintree can share my wonderful experience. Anyway I have to go now, I need to refuel my car and buy some flowers, I wish someone would think of a way I didn't have to visit the petrol station and the florist as this would save so much time. fnagwaa
  • Score: 17

5:57pm Wed 16 Jul 14

pierre-pierre says...

/@|_|@\ says...
Ah, my gallic friend -- that is what it's all about: competition. If the town centre stores can match or exceed the standards and prices set by M & S then customers will go there.

and why have the Brainless Councill stopped Sainsburys
/@|_|@\ says... Ah, my gallic friend -- that is what it's all about: competition. If the town centre stores can match or exceed the standards and prices set by M & S then customers will go there. and why have the Brainless Councill stopped Sainsburys pierre-pierre
  • Score: 7

8:00pm Wed 16 Jul 14

/@|_|@\ says...

pierre-pierre wrote:
/@|_|@\ says...
Ah, my gallic friend -- that is what it's all about: competition. If the town centre stores can match or exceed the standards and prices set by M & S then customers will go there.

and why have the Brainless Councill stopped Sainsburys
You see? Too much government intrusion for the "benefit of all" and the "greater good". :-D

Nowhere does a government provide the same level of service as the free market -- although I do understand that there are areas in which they may exceed a commercial venture of the same ilk (social security and schemes requiring major capital investment e.g. aerospace). There is a fine line, however, and constituents need to be observant and vigilant. This applies, too, to the level of regulation that a government should be allowed to exercise. Remember - governance of the people, by the people.

There are other reasons, perhaps, why BDC doesn't like Sainsbury's ideas as they currently are presented?
[quote][p][bold]pierre-pierre[/bold] wrote: /@|_|@\ says... Ah, my gallic friend -- that is what it's all about: competition. If the town centre stores can match or exceed the standards and prices set by M & S then customers will go there. and why have the Brainless Councill stopped Sainsburys[/p][/quote]You see? Too much government intrusion for the "benefit of all" and the "greater good". :-D Nowhere does a government provide the same level of service as the free market -- although I do understand that there are areas in which they may exceed a commercial venture of the same ilk (social security and schemes requiring major capital investment e.g. aerospace). There is a fine line, however, and constituents need to be observant and vigilant. This applies, too, to the level of regulation that a government should be allowed to exercise. Remember - governance of the people, by the people. There are other reasons, perhaps, why BDC doesn't like Sainsbury's ideas as they currently are presented? /@|_|@\
  • Score: -2

9:01pm Wed 16 Jul 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
HARRY438 wrote:
If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?
Look at the second photo. I'm not going to say what I think to avoid offending anyone
Please do allow me to join you STR in saying absolutely nothing for absolutely the same reasons. The excitement in the second photo is so utterly captivating.

Drat, now I've gone and said something after all. You'll sponsor me for the hypocrite of the week award won't yer?
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?[/p][/quote]Look at the second photo. I'm not going to say what I think to avoid offending anyone[/p][/quote]Please do allow me to join you STR in saying absolutely nothing for absolutely the same reasons. The excitement in the second photo is so utterly captivating. Drat, now I've gone and said something after all. You'll sponsor me for the hypocrite of the week award won't yer? OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 6

9:29am Thu 17 Jul 14

HARRY438 says...

Lots of big words to describe the Masochists+Sadists.
Lots of big words to describe the Masochists+Sadists. HARRY438
  • Score: -2

9:31am Thu 17 Jul 14

HARRY438 says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
HARRY438 wrote:
If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?
Look at the second photo. I'm not going to say what I think to avoid offending anyone
I suppose you can also class shop workers as 'shoppers' for journo economy?
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?[/p][/quote]Look at the second photo. I'm not going to say what I think to avoid offending anyone[/p][/quote]I suppose you can also class shop workers as 'shoppers' for journo economy? HARRY438
  • Score: -2

10:08am Thu 17 Jul 14

keith_l says...

I always thought that M&S stood for "Marks and 'Spensive".

When M&S first started doing food, their Unique Selling Point was the high standard of their ready meals. Their fruit and veg was exactly the same and most other groceries were inferior due to their refusal to stock brands such as Heinz, McVities etc. so all you got was own brand equivalents.

Now that most supermarkets have a premium range of ready meals, there will be little to differentiate this shop from others apart from the high prices.
I always thought that M&S stood for "Marks and 'Spensive". When M&S first started doing food, their Unique Selling Point was the high standard of their ready meals. Their fruit and veg was exactly the same and most other groceries were inferior due to their refusal to stock brands such as Heinz, McVities etc. so all you got was own brand equivalents. Now that most supermarkets have a premium range of ready meals, there will be little to differentiate this shop from others apart from the high prices. keith_l
  • Score: 3

10:18am Thu 17 Jul 14

HARRY438 says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
HARRY438 wrote:
If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?
Look at the second photo. I'm not going to say what I think to avoid offending anyone
Is Rent a Mob appropriate?
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?[/p][/quote]Look at the second photo. I'm not going to say what I think to avoid offending anyone[/p][/quote]Is Rent a Mob appropriate? HARRY438
  • Score: 0

10:34am Thu 17 Jul 14

wormshero says...

keith_l wrote:
I always thought that M&S stood for "Marks and 'Spensive".

When M&S first started doing food, their Unique Selling Point was the high standard of their ready meals. Their fruit and veg was exactly the same and most other groceries were inferior due to their refusal to stock brands such as Heinz, McVities etc. so all you got was own brand equivalents.

Now that most supermarkets have a premium range of ready meals, there will be little to differentiate this shop from others apart from the high prices.
And yet M&S food seems to be doing incredibly well at the minute with enough demand to open new stores and smaller service station stores. Probably because their products are still a great standard. Their selection of stuff for lunch is very good, their bakery is nice and a lot of the brands they refuse (or refused? I think they stock heinz now) to stock they make better versions of (their biscuits are great). Can't comment on the ready meal aspect as I prefer cooking but the other stuff they stock seems good. I only frequently buy milk and cereal from there (convenient next to chelmsford station...) and find that to be the same price as elsewhere anyway.
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: I always thought that M&S stood for "Marks and 'Spensive". When M&S first started doing food, their Unique Selling Point was the high standard of their ready meals. Their fruit and veg was exactly the same and most other groceries were inferior due to their refusal to stock brands such as Heinz, McVities etc. so all you got was own brand equivalents. Now that most supermarkets have a premium range of ready meals, there will be little to differentiate this shop from others apart from the high prices.[/p][/quote]And yet M&S food seems to be doing incredibly well at the minute with enough demand to open new stores and smaller service station stores. Probably because their products are still a great standard. Their selection of stuff for lunch is very good, their bakery is nice and a lot of the brands they refuse (or refused? I think they stock heinz now) to stock they make better versions of (their biscuits are great). Can't comment on the ready meal aspect as I prefer cooking but the other stuff they stock seems good. I only frequently buy milk and cereal from there (convenient next to chelmsford station...) and find that to be the same price as elsewhere anyway. wormshero
  • Score: 3

11:12am Thu 17 Jul 14

The Stinker Returns says...

HARRY438 wrote:
The Stinker Returns wrote:
HARRY438 wrote:
If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?
Look at the second photo. I'm not going to say what I think to avoid offending anyone
Is Rent a Mob appropriate?
It's close. Let's just ask "who ate all the pies?"
[quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: If you look closely at the snap you will see that it's a group pic of M&S staff?[/p][/quote]Look at the second photo. I'm not going to say what I think to avoid offending anyone[/p][/quote]Is Rent a Mob appropriate?[/p][/quote]It's close. Let's just ask "who ate all the pies?" The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 0

3:37pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Heinz says...

I hope M&S will now reinstate their Sudbury store too.
I hope M&S will now reinstate their Sudbury store too. Heinz
  • Score: -2

10:38pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Misty4 says...

Jack222 wrote:
Paying for plastic bags is sensible.
No, it isn't. Many plastic bags nowadays are made from biodegradable corn starch and disintegrate after a few months, so they're not going to cause the demise of the planet. If someone makes an unplanned purchase and spends £10 or so it is a damned cheek to make them pay for something to take the goods away in. I never shop in M&S because of their 'pay for your bag' policy. And why focus on plastic bags that can be reused? What about all those plastic trays for meat, cakes, you-name-it. Millions of these are used once and end up in landfill, let you never hear anything about them!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Paying for plastic bags is sensible.[/p][/quote]No, it isn't. Many plastic bags nowadays are made from biodegradable corn starch and disintegrate after a few months, so they're not going to cause the demise of the planet. If someone makes an unplanned purchase and spends £10 or so it is a damned cheek to make them pay for something to take the goods away in. I never shop in M&S because of their 'pay for your bag' policy. And why focus on plastic bags that can be reused? What about all those plastic trays for meat, cakes, you-name-it. Millions of these are used once and end up in landfill, let you never hear anything about them! Misty4
  • Score: 5

5:26pm Fri 18 Jul 14

/@|_|@\ says...

And the three wrappers/trays/boxes on almost everything you buy? I resent the charge for a bag too and even -- having been spoilt abroad -- the fact that there isn't even anyone to bag (or box) your purchases: only surly people in the car park retrieving shopping carts with comments like "thanks - you could've brought it all the way back though" when I rolled one to him as a favour.
And the three wrappers/trays/boxes on almost everything you buy? I resent the charge for a bag too and even -- having been spoilt abroad -- the fact that there isn't even anyone to bag (or box) your purchases: only surly people in the car park retrieving shopping carts with comments like "thanks - you could've brought it all the way back though" when I rolled one to him as a favour. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Kevman28 says...

I'm a bit disappointed because I was hoping they would have a decent fish section, like in the M & S food that closed in town.
Our only alternative is the guy with the fish stall on a Saturday afternoon, but his prices are a bit high.
PLEASE CAN SOMEONE OPEN A FISHMONGERS IN BRAINTREE!!!!???? I want Whelks, winkles and cockles!!!!! lol
I'm a bit disappointed because I was hoping they would have a decent fish section, like in the M & S food that closed in town. Our only alternative is the guy with the fish stall on a Saturday afternoon, but his prices are a bit high. PLEASE CAN SOMEONE OPEN A FISHMONGERS IN BRAINTREE!!!!???? I want Whelks, winkles and cockles!!!!! lol Kevman28
  • Score: 2

8:11pm Mon 21 Jul 14

NolongerGREATBritain says...

The M&S in George Yard was a massive flop and has since been turned into a Pound Shop. Surely this shows what sort of person shops in Braintree! You only need to look around the town to see all the single teenage mums and obese delights wondering around. If I was an M&S bod I wouldn't bother with 'Chav-tree'
The M&S in George Yard was a massive flop and has since been turned into a Pound Shop. Surely this shows what sort of person shops in Braintree! You only need to look around the town to see all the single teenage mums and obese delights wondering around. If I was an M&S bod I wouldn't bother with 'Chav-tree' NolongerGREATBritain
  • Score: 0

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