“ A chain of discount stores throughout the North West and Yorkshire area. „
Quality Save is a Northwest and Yorkshire discount household, food and general goods chain. Their supplier is apparently Home Bargains, a firm with shops nationwide, so there are similarities between the stores.
I love a trip to Quality Save. I go alone as my partner refuses to take on the hustle and bustle of the store. Some years ago I could see his point of view as the stores were tiny and you could risk life and limb negotiating randomly placed stock before attempting to find the back of a queue which invariably snacked to the rear of the store. On the way in you were treated to a photographic display - of people wanted for shoplifting! Classy, it was not. The demise of Woolworths and other high street stores has seen Quality Save move premises in my town. It's now huge, kept in good order and the rogues gallery of shoplifting shame isn't there anymore.
So, what can you buy and what should you buy in Quality Save? My store has a good combination of one off bargain items and regular offerings of stock. You can go in and rely on them having, say, a lightbulb but also feel chuffed to find a bargain - a reduced price Fisher Price baby bouncer chair for example. Goods are arranged in departments including the following:
*pharmacy items - laxatives, aspirin etc*
*home care/cleaning products*
*drinks, including alcohol*
Quality save has a combination of well known brands and unknown brands. I tend to buy the known brands as they are vastly reduced anyway so I don;t feel the need to save another 20p by going for the unknown brand . Thanks to Quality Save I never pay more than £1 to £1.20 for any deodorants, shower gels or liquid soaps and these are all branded and regularly in stock. I've picked up some useful baby supplies here too. Nappy sacks, a changing mat, wipes - all cheaper than the supermarket. The food aisle is worth a browse too - today's bargains included Special K crisps and cut price Ritz crackers. I couldn't put an entire meal together from Quality Save but I like the variety of goods. Occasionally I have branched out to some unknown branded products - I have hit lucky with a sachet of coating for roast spuds (absolutely delicious) and some boxed curries that looked odd but were very tasty. For me, it's part of the fun of the store to pick up a surprise or two while you are in there. You may need to keep yourself in check though as it's easy top come out with way more than you intended to get thus wiping out any savings!
Exiting the store, there are often queues but in my branch there are lots of tills so what looks to be a scrum can move quite quickly. On the way out the check out operator generally tries to flog you the product of the day which is piled up on the till. They have a little notebook where they log if you took the item. It's a little irksome, and overall I'd rather they didn't do this, but its no biggie.
Quality Save takes me back to my childhood in some ways. It reminds me both of Woolworths in the 70's when there was a huge range of stock, and of the pre-supermarket days when a food shop involved visiting several stores to get the ingredients for a meal. It's certainly found a niche in today's shrinking high street. I go in at least once a fortnight and enjoy a browse whilst my partner waits outside! He's missing out - make sure you don't!
I have been shopping in Quality Save for around three years now and I must admit... I think this is the best discount store on the high-street.
The first Quality Save opened 35 years ago and it has now become a chain - with 21 stores. At the moment you will only find Quality Save within the North West and Yorkshire regions, but I would strongly recommend that people within these areas find and visit their local Quality Save because you will make amazing savings.
The company's maxim is: "top Brands at bottom prices" and I couldn't agree more... you can purchase branded beauty products, food, drinks, sweets, hardware and toys at a significantly lower price than you would elsewhere. And the saving are significant, for example, Pataks Mild Korma Sauce 500g is around 39p in Quality Save, but you will pay £1.55 for the same jar in Tesco's. It also stocks branded wines for a very low price. For example, a Blossom Hill Chardonnay can be picked up for £3 (which is approximately half the RRP).
The store doesn't store any fresh items, but for your toiletries, baby hygiene products, sauces, tins and confectionary it can't be beaten.
Quality Save is laid out well and the staff are always very helpful. The only draw backs are that the stock levels do change, you can't guarantee that an item will be in stock and the queues are often long. However if you are on a budget, but you don't want to cut back on quality, then this place CANNOT BE BEATEN - for that reason I am giving it five Dooyoo stars.
Top Brands at bottom prices apparently. I must say I cannot agree more. There are two local Quality Save stores within a reasonable distance to me, the nearest being recently refurbished. Quality Save is basicly a discount store that sells lots of different products, such as haircare, toys, food, drinks, sweets, homeware and most outlets now sell alcohol, plus much much more. All the products are top well known brands ie Duracell batteries, Coca Cola etc, but somehow- and im not quite sure how they sell them alot cheaper than your local corner shop or even supermarket. To give an example last week I purchased a few cans of Coca Cola for 22p each and bottles of Carlsberg for 80p which is as cheap as I have seen anywhere else, barring large multipacks etc.
The stores near me are of average size, bigger than a local shop but smaller than a supermarket, I think about six aisles, but seem to stock a large range of products. The service in the stores can be mixed, I always without fail have to stand in a long que as there is rarely more than one cashier despite it being quite busy, and they then seem to spend a long time talking to regular customers holding up the que even more, however that said the staff are always polite and friendly enough.
Four DooYoo stars, if they stock somthing you would normally but its a very usefull store, but be quick because certain things are only in stock for so long.
Thank Heavens for Quality Save- I Love it!
We are lucky enough to have a large branch, about 10 minutes walk from our house.
What do they sell? Rather, what don't they sell?
They sell almost everything, but certain items are stocked all the time while some are stocked intermittently and some just appear once or may reappear again one day in the distant future.
I have surmised they get a "job lot" of certain items occasionally.
What I learnt very quickly is- If they have it and you want it then buy it.
Next time you shop there they could well have sold out especially with their cheap prices.
Lots of well known brands are stocked-
Cadburys, Nescafe, Stain Devils, Nurofen, Lucozade, Ribena, Kellogs to name but a few.
They also have Foreign brands, some you will find in Neto, Lidl etc.
Most prices are considerably cheaper and bargains are always to be had.
Bodycare- for men and women including products for holidays they always stock Hawaiin Tropic, my favourite sun cream, Love the smell.
Babycare- including toys, night wear, baby lotion, soap, books.
House hold- cushions, bed linen, pillows, pictures, towels.
Medicines- pain killers, cough mixtures, muscle rubs.
Cleaning products- washing powder, air freshners
Sandwich bags, tinfoil, clingfilm, batteries
Food- no chilled food , frozen or fresh fruit/veg but a good selection of everything else. I always check the sell by date but, saying that I do that in all food shops.
Drinks, crisps, chocolate, sweets a small selection of alcohol,
I think that gives you a pretty indepth view of what they stock.
As you can imagine it's always very busy with such bargains to be had.
Always well stocked, clean and what I really like the staff are great, helpful, plesant, polite and they are mainly young staff that appear to work very hard mind you any one that deals with The Great British Public tends to have to work hard lovely bunch we are!
A quick price check of items I buy regularly-
Maryland chocolate chip cookies 39p large pack (usually 99p)
Woolite washing liquid large 3 litre £2.99 (usually £9.99)
Nurofen Express 16 caplets £1.69 (usually £2.44)
Open Mon- Sat -9.00- 5.30pm
At Christmas, they open approx the last 4 Sunday's before Christmas Day, depending on what day of the week it fall's I find that a big help.
So I think you will agree its always worth a mooch round Quality Save, but take your time or you may miss a bargain.
Well with us going through this economic downfall quality save is helping alot of us!they sell near enough everything for households. from cleaning/self beauty/food and beverage/decor/car decor/baby necesities/childrens toys and animal care. this is a one stop shop.
i went in recently and thought there were alot of bargins on offer, we even bought a massive picture for our living room(a red rose canvas).which was £4.99. which is good value. i also buy all my cleaning products from there as they sell the leading brands for less, they also have alot of offers on the chocloate/buisuits and crisp they sell i bought a few packets of chocolate buttons for 19p each packet.
all of the baby things they stock vary everytime i go in and a bought i really nice baby towel from there i have not seen one as pretty as this one before,everything they do sell is of good quality, i also bought a tommee tipee juice cup from there and my daughter love it and it was only £1.29.
everytime we go in this shop it is always busy and all the staff are lovely. its definatley worth a visit.
Quality Save or Home and Bargain are a chain of discount stores across the North West of England. I first discovered them when I was volunteering with a young teenager. We had a daily budget for food and she suggested that we spend it in this store - we came out with absolutely tonnes of stuff for the £5 we had to spend (albeit junk food!).
In terms of confectionery, drinks and crisps, many of the products are branded names such as Cadburys, Haribo etc and prices are normally a third to half off normal prices for the products. Some of the items may have their packaging in predominantly other languages - but how often do you read the product packaging? In addition they have a range of medical store cupboard basics that come in with similar savings and branded names. They have some household goods, toys and books. Often these are the sort that you will find in discount stores and are end-of-line items or unbranded. The prices on these are often very low. I bought a 20 piece home safety set for when my son is older for £1.99 - the items are just as functional, but a fraction of normal prices.
When in Quality Save, it's easy to get carried away, always bear in mind what the product is normally worth and what quality the item you're buying is. I bought some pyjamas in there for £4.99. I wanted them for just after I'd given birth so the quality wasn't too much of an issue, but they definitely weren't high street quality. Remember they have to make their profit somewhere, so be cautious about the item you're buying.
in my oppinion quality save is a grat bargain. It sells anythig to everything, food, drinks, home ware, beauty products clothes. and the best thing is that they are all grat brands at low prices. The other day i bought some gum hair care thermal protector for £2 a bargain, others include mini fans for 49p, biscuits for20p grat christmas buys from £2. It really is great. however i do find it a does have a problem in the store i shop in anyeway, due to it always being packed you find yourself being pushed and shoved and missing the reaal bargains . Also there isnat alot of space so staff are all over the place stacking shelves and opening new stock. My advicw would be to go on a quiter day and when you have time that way yount be inn such a rush to escape the madness and miss the great bagains
I do like quality save but it does have its disadvantages I think
the prices are def good - some great bargains to be had all around the store but it's worth having a really good look - don't shop in a hurry or you may miss something!
their food is cheap & often very interesting - some rather bland biscuits but great variety packs & often discounted brand names - unusual sauces & marinades etc - always good value on branded crisps & snacks
have snapped up bargains for the house & home - picture canvases, pyjamas (branded names) & kitchenware
good selection of toiletries & hair care & always have good stocks of essential (loo rolls - but watch quality!) etc
Sometimes it's good for crafty items such as card & pens etc but tend to sell very quickly then u have to wait ages for re-stocking.
especially good at easter & christmas - really good offers on seasonal items.
the thing that really bugs me tho' is that whatever time of day our local branch are always filling the shelves - I know this has to be done but it's really inconvenient trying to shop when the floorspace is full of cardboard boxes & there are items spread everywhere!
so - my advice is -
go when it's quiet
have a really GOOD look - there are plenty of bargains usually
check the quality & sell-by dates