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Countdown in Upper Hutt - you are FAIL yet again.
Having lived in Upper Hutt for a couple of years now, we've been trying to do the majority of our shopping in the local - instead of travelling 15-20 minutes to Lower Hutt and dealing with the larger volumes of, well, everything.
Generally Countdown has been our supermarket of choice for a while, with Lower Hutt serving us well enough while we were down there and Upper Hutt being the most convenient for various reasons.
However for the last several months we've noticed that we can get the majority of our shop done at Upper Hutt - but we're always scooting around the corner to Woolworths for odd things - an ongoing frustration!
Today was case in point; we hit the supermarket around 4.30pm. Talk about frustrating!
How about Milk? (Okay, yes, there was Milk; however whatever is meant to be in this large space, is clearly missing.)
This is by no means the first time we've found empty shelves where we've wanted to find other specific products. (Rather, it's the first time i've felt inspired to take photos.) Recent examples include:
- Bread is regularly down to almost NIL.
Frustration~!!! I should say for the record that Woolworths is often better than Countdown at having the things we need, so rarely do we actually get entirely stuck; but it has happened. Woolies are also more expensive, so we don't prefer to shop there frequently.
So we're left multi-hop shopping expeditions because the local can't seem to keep it's shelves stocked? (Oh, and they seem to like dropping pallets of stuff into the middle of one of their wider isles, as if they have nowhere else to store it.)
Heh, and to top it all off, by the time we got back to the car I got to marvel at this piece of genius parking:
Tiny lil car. Nice sized parking space. Why'd he have to park so close to my wagon?
My 4 year old was suprisingly savvy and managed to get into her seat without damaging either car. I'm not quite so skinny, but managed it. Minor, but silly nontheless. (And FWIW I don't believe there was any extenuating circumstance; when we parked, there was a different small car beside us and he'd left heaps of room.)
So poor parking jobs aside, it really would be nice if Countdown would sort out their supply chain and stock levels. Especially when they're advertising specials on stuff they can't keep on the shelves?