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Question: Which of these do you use regularly for grocery shopping?  (Voting closed: February 27, 2022, 04:53:50 pm)
Corner Store (in person) - 13 (13%)
High Street / Town Centre (in person) - 18 (18%)
Market (in person) - 7 (7%)
Supermarket (in person and take goods home with you) - 30 (30%)
Shopping Mall (in person) - 2 (2%)
Supermarket (choose in person and they deliver) - 0 (0%)
Supermarket (click and collect) - 1 (1%)
Amazon or similar (order online and they deliver) - 5 (5%)
Supermarket (order online and they deliver) - 9 (9%)
Independent online and they have carrier deliver - 3 (3%)
My partner / carer / butler does the regular grocery shopping - 2 (2%)
Don't know - it just turns up - 0 (0%)
Farm shop (in person) - 8 (8%)
Farm shop / regular order and delivered - 2 (2%)
Total Voters: 37

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« on: February 21, 2022, 01:02:44 pm »

For a "what are the metrics of people's movements" question in my home town, looking to get an idea of grocery shopping habits.   Not asking about the specifics of public transport here, though the days of going around Caters, coming out with big bags of food and getting on the 227 have long passed ...
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2022, 01:13:47 pm »

We do our non perishable items by online delivery, usually just over the minimum allowed

We shop in person for the rest -  the veg comes from one of two local farm shops while the meat comes from a local butcher. The bread comes from a local bakery. The farm shops also sell meat and bread from other small bakeries.
We are well placed with a number of small independent shops providing most of what we need. There are five local bakeries with their bread available in a variety of outlets, including village post office/shops. There are four butchers, one of whom can trace their business back to Bridport in 1515!
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2022, 01:27:28 pm »

For a "what are the metrics of people's movements" question in my home town, looking to get an idea of grocery shopping habits.   Not asking about the specifics of public transport here, though the days of going around Caters, coming out with big bags of food and getting on the 227 have long passed ...
I too remember Caters and the 227. Single-decker RFs so as to squeeze under Shortlands railway bridge and through the Chislehurst water tower.

Meanwhile, you're not giving much of a choice for local independents.  We use (in person) a local butcher and two local fishmongers - one attached to a farm shop and one in Pershore.
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2022, 03:37:59 pm »

We do about half of our shopping on Gloucester Road (Co-op, Scoopaway, Joe’s Bakery etc), on foot using a old lady stylee shopping trolley. The rest is an even split between Ocado and Sainsbury’s, the latter by car.
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2022, 03:52:44 pm »

Living rather remotely, our corner shop is really for essential items only, but well stocked, that said.
A 10 mile drive to Penzance for supermarket shopping is a regular occurrence.
If in town, a visit to the butchers for their excellent pasties; plus their meats of course.
A local farm shop visit once or twice a week but quite expensive.
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2022, 04:36:31 pm »

I answered that most of my groceries were from the supermarket in person.  A smaller but not insignificant amount is from local high street shopping though and I'm gradually trying to adopt the "use it or loose it" approach.....after all, I'm near Bristol's Gloucester Road which is rammed with independent shops.
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2022, 05:14:22 pm »

Weston super Mare supermarkets in person and the Axbridge farmers market.
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2022, 05:32:03 pm »

For a "what are the metrics of people's movements" question in my home town, looking to get an idea of grocery shopping habits.   Not asking about the specifics of public transport here, though the days of going around Caters, coming out with big bags of food and getting on the 227 have long passed ...
I too remember Caters and the 227. Single-decker RFs so as to squeeze under Shortlands railway bridge and through the Chislehurst water tower.

Meanwhile, you're not giving much of a choice for local independents.  We use (in person) a local butcher and two local fishmongers - one attached to a farm shop and one in Pershore.

Having grown up on the 227 route, and close to one of the stops, I too remember it and cater's.

We grow much of our veg but for groceries I shop at our local independent wholefood shops and for extra veg shop at the farmers market each Saturday or at our local greengrocers. I buy bread at any of our local bakeries, though none are that close to where I live. We have just started getting milk (which for us is oat milk) delivered in milk bottles twice a week.
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2022, 06:00:53 pm »

Mainly online with delivery - no favourite, whoever has offers or convenient slots. Top up from local corner shop and local Co-op.
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2022, 06:15:59 pm »

Nice to see, in the interests of diversity, that you include two options for Jacob Rees-Mogg.
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2022, 08:48:56 pm »

I get the main weekly groceries from the M&S Foodhall in person by car and top up from the nearby Tesco Express and small Co-op stores on foot.
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2022, 09:08:24 pm »

I do a weekly shop at a Co-op about a mile away using the car as a shopping trolly. In between the weekly shop I go to the local shop on foot but that happens to be Asda.
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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2022, 09:12:18 pm »

Waitrose mainly. It's a mile away, four hundred yards or so further than two largish Coops, but the parking is easier and the staff on the 0730 shift know me, and some are used to my asking about food (where it is, or even what it is) when  a friend who cooks for me twice a month gives me a shopping-list. (A couple at check-out even ask if she's cooking for me that day.)

There's a smaller Coop ten minutes' walk away and two "corner shops" a little closer, where I "top up", likewise at the Coop in Theale on Saturday mornings on my way to environmental work around Hosehill Lake.

Occasionally I pop into the shop at Bradfield Southend, mainly to send a parcel or signed-for, and buy a couple of items to support the shop.

I've been into what we used to call Savacentre (near M4 J12) a couple of times, but find it overwhelmingly cavernous.
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2022, 12:02:22 pm »

Occasionally I pop into the shop at Bradfield Southend, mainly to send a parcel or signed-for, and buy a couple of items to support the shop.

I remember when the Post Office in Southend Bradfield (and the Royal Mail delivery office for the area) used to be in the wine merchants on the opposite side of the road.  Now a private house I believe.
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2022, 12:29:21 pm »

SWTSMBO (She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed) happens to work (until retirement next year) at the large supermarket which is a <10 minute walk from where we live so that accounts for the majority of our grocery shopping. I make weekly trips - by bike weather permitting, train if not - to the Exeter Farmers Market and a few other mainly independent retailers in the centre of Exeter, and occasionally one particular farmshop which is a very pleasant 20 mile (scenic & much safer route) cycle ride away in East Devon. 
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