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    There was a period during which they bought out the competition but continued to trade under the old name, much in the same way that Netto continues to exist although its Danish owners have sold out to Asda/ Walmart. Maybe this coincides with the period of invisibility you're referring to, Lindy?


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    Tesco took over Hillards in the 70's to which they had 40 branches in the North.

    The name tesco cam from the bloke who started it all....Jack Cohen who bought Tea from T.E Stockwell....TES CO,co coming fom Cohen

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Doh View Post
    There was a period during which they bought out the competition but continued to trade under the old name, much in the same way that Netto continues to exist although its Danish owners have sold out to Asda/ Walmart. Maybe this coincides with the period of invisibility you're referring to, Lindy?

    There wasn't a "period of invisibility".
    I think Linda was referring to the loss of some Tescos.
    As I said, that was thinning out.

    All the Irwins stores were converted into Tesco self-service stores within a year of the takeover.

    In much less time it's taken the Co-op to rebrand the Somerfield stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgePorgie View Post
    You have to laugh at this type of statement,A tin of Heinz Beans is no different than the Heinz beans in Sommerfields or or any other cheaper supermarkets chain.

    The differenece can only come in the likes of food that is supposed to be eaten fresh ie Veg,Fruit,Packaged meat.

    Sainsburys is just a posh name and that is it...no more no less.

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    Old thread I kno,Lindy but Tesco's have taken over the Summefield branch on walton road ie the one across the road fom the spellow lane library.
    Somerfield are ok I suppose, but they are overpriced and less variety I think. You have to watch what you are buying in there.

    I hear good reports about Morrisons, but we don't have one anywhere near to Anfield, so I haven't checked them out. I went in a Morrisons once in Wales.

    Asda, I'm not a great fan of because it's a bigger version of Kwiksave - same products and cheaper lines.

    Sainsburys is a nice shop but expensive !

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    I went in a Morrisons once in Wales.
    Cor the petrol money you must have spent travelling to Wales,it would been cheaper to shop at Mak&Sparks.

    There's a Morrisons on Walton Road and I'm not sure? but Ithink there's one on Brecky

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    There wasn't a "period of invisibility".
    I think Linda was referring to the loss of some Tescos.
    As I said, that was thinning out.

    All the Irwins stores were converted into Tesco self-service stores within a year of the takeover.

    In much less time it's taken the Co-op to rebrand the Somerfield stores.
    yes, unless I'm imagining it - but Tescos became very low key for a long time - - I just wonder how they made this sudden boom .. it did seem to happen suddenly.
    A comeback is one thing, but the Tesco takeover is overwhelming now people are making jokes about tesco taking over the world How did they suddenly get so big !! ?

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    Tell a lie its a Heron frozen foods and the Brecky one is FarmFoods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgePorgie View Post
    Tell a lie its a Heron frozen foods and the Brecky one is FarmFoods.
    yes, .. .. I was going to say, there is no Morrisons on Brecky .. or Walton rd

    Morrisons is probably too posh for Breck rd ! ha,ha.

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    Oh just do what I do then....Get me tinned and frozen foods at Iceland plus Waburtons Baps,and ifI want fresh crusty bread I o to Asda.

    I practically buy allmy stuff from Iceland as its dirt cheap and the same produce on most supermarket shelves.

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    Morrisons have a better class of shoplifters, LOL.

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    I save on Bog rolls as well,I buy the kitchen rolls for £1.00 and if I were to cut em in half I'd have 8 bog rolls

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    15 Breaded Ham slices at £3 and very tasty it is
    6 Mars Bars at £1.75 sometimes the same price for 10 at speciall offer
    8 Warburtons white Bread rolls £1 and always fresh
    MMrKipling Country Slices £1.25and really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    yes, unless I'm imagining it - but Tescos became very low key for a long time - - I just wonder how they made this sudden boom .. it did seem to happen suddenly.
    A comeback is one thing, but the Tesco takeover is overwhelming now people are making jokes about tesco taking over the world How did they suddenly get so big !! ?

    In the mid-1960s Tesco started building supermarkets.
    The one in Aigburth Road is still going strong.
    All the out-of-date (and small) former Irwins were disposed of.

    Admittedly, they have now have branched out into smaller "convenience" stores, and Tesco do seem to be everywhere.

    The public seem to prefer Tesco.
    Ironically, their original slogan of "Pile it High. Sell it Cheap" doesn't seem to apply these days.

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    I like Tescos as it's middle ground, ie, the likes of Sainsburys and Marks & Spencers food hall are far too expensive. On the other hand, there are the 'lower end' cheapo supermarkets.
    So I find that Tesco is somewhere in the middle which suits me - not too dear and not too cheapo.

    Iceland. I do buy certain things in there, but not the frozen junk foods for a pound ! They are too cheap and nasty - full of chemicals and food colouring!
    Iceland is ok if you choose the right things in there.


    .. and who the heck can afford to food shop in Marks !!

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    15 Breaded Ham slices at £3 and very tasty it is
    6 Mars Bars at £1.75 sometimes the same price for 10 at speciall offer
    8 Warburtons white Bread rolls £1 and always fresh
    MMrKipling Country Slices £1.25and really nice.

    and more....

    Fray Bentos steak&Kidney Pie(now this is yummy cos I ate half yesteday)4 portion tin £1
    Anchor Butter 500Gs £2
    Big bags of Minstels £2 I used to get these for the dog(thats a Canine,Ged)but started eating them meself as well,dogs gone in a sulk when it sees me eatin em.
    Richmond 8 Thick Pork Sausages £2 now these are very tasty when grilled.
    2lb Granulated sugar 79p

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    There wasn't a "period of invisibility".
    I think Linda was referring to the loss of some Tescos.
    As I said, that was thinning out.

    All the Irwins stores were converted into Tesco self-service stores within a year of the takeover.

    In much less time it's taken the Co-op to rebrand the Somerfield stores.
    I wasn't referring to Irwins - I know nothing about them. There were many other competitors that Tesco bought out, but continued to operate under the old name. Then there were the kite-flying Victor Value branches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Doh View Post
    I wasn't referring to Irwins - I know nothing about them. There were many other competitors that Tesco bought out, but continued to operate under the old name. Then there were the kite-flying Victor Value branches.
    Let me repeat myself, then:
    "Tesco got into this part of the country by taking over Irwins (about 1960-61).
    All the Irwins were rebranded as Tesco.
    Irwins had more shops than Tesco needed, so there was a lot of thinning out."

    I worked for them at the time.

    I don't know much about the subsequent takeovers, or Tesco's activities in other parts of the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Doh View Post
    Then there were the kite-flying Victor Value branches.
    Yes, that's jogged my memory. Victor value
    The Breck rd Tescos became a Victor Value.
    The smaller Tescos on Priory rd was sold over in the early 1970s to a family run business which is still going strong today.


    Does anyone remember 'Vivos ?'
    Not sure if there were many of them, but there was one on Townsend lane 1960s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    Yes, that's jogged my memory. Victor value
    The Breck rd Tescos became a Victor Value.
    The smaller Tescos on Priory rd was sold over in the early 1970s to a family run business which is still going strong today.


    Does anyone remember 'Vivos ?'

    Not sure if there were many of them, but there was one on Townsend lane 1960s.

    The only Victor Value I was aware of was the one in West Derby - and only because it used to be a cinema (then Tesco).
    I took a photo of it in 1984, and it was Victor Value then.

    I hadn't heard of Vivo, but that one in Townsend Lane is the only one listed in Kelly's Directory for 1968.
    There's one Victor Value listed in that directory - in Stanley Road, Bootle.
    Loads of Tescos.

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    Hi Philip, just for curiosity, can you have a look in the 1968 Kelly's and see what supermarket was listed - not sure what number Breck rd it would be, but just past the old Royal/cinema/bingo - it's now a furniture shop and is next door to the present library.
    I know there was definitely a large Tesco because we used to shop there in the mid to late 60's. But I'm a bit confused what it became after that - - I do remember approx 1972'ish it was taken over by another firm - something like a discount food supermarket (could it have been a Kwiksave ??) -- I remember very well the people queueing up to get job interviews.

    I was a bit confused about Victor Value - when I come to think of it .. it may have been about 1980 before it became Victor value --- I remember going in there to shop, and I think their logo colours were dark blue and white. Can't think what happened after the 1980's - in 90's it became some kind of general household bargain store like Poundstretcher - now it is a furniture shop.
    Getting my rusty memory moving

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    Hi, Linda.
    I'll scan Breck Road and email it to you.
    In the meatime, the only grocers (or similar) after the Royal are Tesco, near Agate Street.
    Thomas Scott (Bakers) on the next block, and another Tesco near The Willows.
    No more before Belmont Road.

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    Thanks Philip. As I say, my memory is a little rusty now. Mind you, it is a long time ago !

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    There were Victor Value shops all over the place*, but they were really Tesco in disguise. As I understand it, it was a ploy to remove the competition while they gathered strength and decided which they would re-brand as full Tescos and which to close. That's why it looked to an outsider as if Tescos had stalled.

    * The only other one I can think of definitely that was local was the one in Hunts Cross, but I'm sure others will remember more...

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    There used to be a Victor Value near Cherry Lane and there was a little one in Landford Ave.

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    Going back to Tescos in the Swan they had one opposite the Red House late 50s early 60s.
    They have now bought the site of The Green Dragon Pub next door to Whiston Hospital
    to open another Express Store
    Once a blue always a blue

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    Tesco are going into cars now - maybe they really are taking over the world !

    http://www.tescocars.com/

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    I listen to phone-in callers who keep mentioning about Tesco taking over the world but the answer is always the same in that it's supply and demand. They will only enter into something that the people obviously want or they'd be losing money on it. For me, if they can offer cheaper insurance, mortgages or cars than those that currently rip us off, so much the better. I just wish the exiting Leahy would put some money into Everton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    I listen to phone-in callers who keep mentioning about Tesco taking over the world but the answer is always the same in that it's supply and demand. They will only enter into something that the people obviously want or they'd be losing money on it. I just wish the exiting Leahy would put some money into Everton.
    Obviously not much demand for Everton and obviously not many people want them either, otherwise he'd be piling his money in, wouldn't he ?
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    I don't mean Everton the district, I mean as a major shareholder in EFC, he could at least put some money in

    As for the district, Project Jennifer will see a new supermarket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    I listen to phone-in callers who keep mentioning about Tesco taking over the world but the answer is always the same in that it's supply and demand. They will only enter into something that the people obviously want or they'd be losing money on it. For me, if they can offer cheaper insurance, mortgages or cars than those that currently rip us off, so much the better. I just wish the exiting Leahy would put some money into Everton.
    I agree.
    I've no bone to pick with Tescos. I just wish they would open one in Anfield ! We must be the only place without one.
    We see people protesting that they don't want a Tescos in their area - and we are saying, 'send 'em here!'
    We need a good supermarket here.

    We have to go to Old Swan or County rd.


    ps,
    there we go - talking supermarkets again !

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    I agree.
    I've no bone to pick with Tescos. I just wish they would open on in Anfield ! We must be the only place without one.
    We see people protesting that they don't want a Tescos in their area - and we are saying, 'send 'em here!'
    We need a good supermarket here.
    We have to go to Old Swan or County rd.
    ps,
    there we go - talking supermarkets again !

    The old Anfield Comp/North Liverpool Academy has gone...............a prime site?!..............last information we got was that it's being used as a 'temporary' match day car park!!

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