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Fill your boots..
Member Name: hopey123
Date: 05/02/13, updated on 05/02/13 (65 review reads)
Advantages: Has a wide range of products and good prices.
Disadvantages: Mr Boot didn't live long enough to see his store flourish.
I'll start with some background information that I found on Boots website and found it really interesting. Boots first appeared in the 19th century and was founded by a man called John (can you guess?) Boot. John Boot used to sell his herbal remedies in his little store and even though he died in 1860 his wife and son continued the business and expanded it selling more and more items. By 1914 they had over 550 stores across Britain. The company was sold to Americans in 1920 when Johns son retired, then back to some British investors in 1933 which was led by John Boots grandson whom was also called John. I'll bet John Boot senior would be so proud of how the company has turned out now.
There is lots more info if you are interested to read on boot.com site.
I never used to favour Boots much and was happy enough using their competitor Superdrugs. It was only whilst I was pregnant with my son over 7 years ago now (wow where did those years go) that someone told me to go into Boots for the baby bargains. I was advised to sign up to the boots baby club and when I did so a few weeks later received lots of coupons for money off freebies and good deals. I remember going in there and coming out with loads of bags of bargains.
The baby section in Boots is well equipped to purchase everything you may need from pregnancy through to birth and newborns. I definitely prefer them over Mothercare and their prices are cheaper too. Staff always seem on hand to help with advise and help too if needed.
Boots are famously known more for their pharmacy side of things I feel as most have a dispensary and also sell a wide range of medical products and medicines. This isn't however just what they sell, you can buy baby goods, health and beauty products, children's clothing, perfumes and aftershaves a wide range can be found in bigger stores. A gift section, photography, health product electricals, toys and some food drink and snacks too. Basically whatever you need for your beauty routine you can fine it in their store along with a lot of extras.
Recently a lot of small chemists have been taken over by Boots stores, our local tiny chemist or pharmacy if you prefer is now a Boots and stocks a very small range of essentials but their main purpose is for the dispensary.
When I go into Boots now I usually have something in mind that I wish to purchase and will seek out an offer of interest. The offers are similar to supermarkets with buy one get one free, half price buy two get one free etc. This week the Huggies baby wipes were on offer at 84p a pack which is better then half price. If they aren't on offer then the Pampers of Boots own will be on some sort of offer as they rotate the deals every few weeks. I am happy to use Boots own products as well as more well known named things as I've never had any problems using their products and give them all full marks.
As well as the well known makes of products Boots have a great range of their own products. You will probably at some stage have heard of the NO 7 range which is very good quality beauty products. Now even though these can be pricey at times the store often runs promotions where you spend £5 or more in store you get a voucher with your receipt for £5 off NO 7 or £2 off a certain shampoo range so if you are planning to buy something that you can get a voucher for then do other shopping first and get that voucher for a good discount.
As I previously said some stores stock snacks and drinks and they have a permanent meal deal offer on which allows you to get a sandwich/wrap or salad along with a snack of chocolate, crisps fruit, jelly etc along with a drink. I'm not 100% sure but think the cost of this is £3.29. Not bad in my eyes as they are good quality especially the drinks with smoothies included in the promotion.
So next time your passing a Boots store remember John Boots and pop in and have a look around you may be surprised what exactly you find in the stores.
Summary: Handy store which seems to be in majority of towns now stocking many household necessities.