Somerfield pipped Waitrose to the post to win our Storewatch accolade this week, largely because our shopper was bowled over by the friendly staff and was effusive in his praise for the way the store was laid out. But again our shopper noted that no help was offered to pack.
At Tesco in Gateshead our shopper found our size of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes only in a 2 x 500g pack, North Country free range eggs at £1.09, as opposed to the normal eggs, and Butcher’s Choice sausages at £1.59 a time.
Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury missed out on full baskets by the narrowest of margins.
Last week we recorded our first full basket in Northern Ireland. That got us thinking - would availability be any better outside the weekend peak? So we sent our mystery shopper to the Safeway in Dundonald on a Tuesday rather than a Friday. The result? Almost, but not quite.
Our shopper was not able to buy Birds Eye peas and was only able to spot Saver sausages as opposed to the usual own label product on our list. That gave us two out of stocks - the same result as when we last visited on August 8.