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Member Name: assethound
Date: 02/10/01, updated on 02/10/01 (2569 review reads)
Advantages: Great non-food items, Whoops bargains, brilliant clothes
Disadvantages: Bakery rather disappointing
I grew up near a large Asda supermarket, where we bought everything from wallpaper to baked beans. I still have fond memories of sausage sandwiches on a Friday night after the big shop.
I moved to Yorkshire several years ago, and was disappointed to find that there was no Asda nearby - or so I thought. I have spent the last few years shopping at Sainsburys (nice products but expensive), Tescos (too near the centre of town) and Morrisons (great for convenience foods, cheap but the fruit and veg leave a lot to be desired and are frequently mouldy after a day or two).
Then I found out about the Asda at Wakefield, which is only about a 15 minute drive from us.
A little difficult to find at first, we ended up in the middle of Wakefield, but did find this a positive move because Wakefield is great for shopping!
When we got there, having come back out of the centre, we found an Asda the like of which I have never seen before. I thought the Asda my parents use was big, and the one we use at Llandudno when we are on holiday is fantastic for self caterers or those in B&Bs, as it is close to the promenade and has a very reasonably priced cafe.
The Wakefield Asda is something else.
Once inside we managed to pick up my daughter's school uniform at a very low price in the clothes section seemingly the size of an aircraft hangar.
We went again on Sunday and found that there are brilliant Halloween costumes for children for only £10!
I even picked up some very stylish wool mix trousers for £19.99, and was complimented on them by a friend with rather expensive tastes in clothes.
The one quibble I would have with the clothing department would be that there are only TWO changing cubicles!
Moving on, we bought a CD player for £39.99 on Sunday, and some great CDs - a Beatles greatest hits album for £7.98, and Now That's What I Call Music 48 for my daughter, for £6.98, which she is play
ing to death (why are 4 year olds like teenagers these days?).
We bought two lights for our bedside tables for £3.99 each, which are exactly what we wanted, and as for the food!
Asda does good quality food at brilliant prices. Their range of ready meals is superb, and takes some beating for taste.
If you scout around you will soon come across a lot of items with the famous "Whoops" sticker on - go for these - they will have a substantial reduction on them.
One department where Asda lets itself down however is the bakery.
The bread is tasty and reasonably priced, but even Morrisons has a better selection of freshly baked bread (I am particularly fond of the Morrisons rosemary and potato rolls Mmmm!)
I was very disappointed to see that there are very few speciality breads available, with the biggest section by far being pre-packaged sliced bread.
We also enjoy the booze section of Asda, where you can get some great bargains and a decent selection of wines and beers.
Moving back to the non-food area - which apart from the ready meals section I believe to be the best feature of Asda - we bought a marble chopping board (about the size of a large place mat) for £3.94, and a marble cheese slicer for the same price.
I am considering buying a few more of the chopping boards to use as place mats - they look great and the price is excellent.
Overall, Asda is a good supermarket, particularly in the non-food area, but I feel it is let down badly by the bakery section, although the quality and prices of the other food sections are very good.