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Post by charliechops » Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:38 pm

Do you remember the Fine Fare shops? I wonder what happened to 'em. They were a nationwide supermarket chain, but they all gradually disappeared never to be seen again. There used to be one not a million miles from us and I remember me mum dragging me there as a youngster.

It was a fair old walk, but she insisted on going there because it was the nearest supermarket, as opposed to paying corner shop prices. They were the first supermarket that I can remember to introduce the 'no frills style bargain savers range.' All these goods had bright yellow packaging with plain black lettering on.

You'd see the women shoppers having a quick look round before putting these goods in their basket, hidden underneath something else incase they bumped into anyone they knew, me mum included. It closed down in the early 80s I think.
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Post by Xetal » Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:05 pm

I remember them, but not what happened to them (I spent most of the 80's abroad.)
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Post by pandammonium » Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:37 am

Fine Fare, that's fine by me.
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Post by dave mc » Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:04 am

Xetal wrote:I remember them, but not what happened to them
I should think it is the usual story of small successful company
bought out by the large conglomerate :roll:
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Post by charliechops » Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:33 am

Having done a bit of research, it looks like they were taken over by Gateways which later became Somerfield. Our Fine Fare was closed down and an M & W convenience store put in it's place. By then several other big supermarkets had appeared and they couldn't compete I suppose.
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Re: Fine Fare

Post by Mr M » Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:58 am

charliechops wrote:Do you remember the Fine Fare shops? I wonder what happened to 'em. They were a nationwide supermarket chain, but they all gradually disappeared never to be seen again. There used to be one not a million miles from us and I remember me mum dragging me there as a youngster.

It was a fair old walk, but she insisted on going there because it was the nearest supermarket, as opposed to paying corner shop prices. They were the first supermarket that I can remember to introduce the 'no frills style bargain savers range.' All these goods had bright yellow packaging with plain black lettering on.

You'd see the women shoppers having a quick look round before putting these goods in their basket, hidden underneath something else incase they bumped into anyone they knew, me mum included. It closed down in the early 80s I think.
I used to have a store called Wavy Line near me that was like a Fine Fare as they were part of a chain. I guess they went the same way as Fine Fare, brought up by a bigger company! :roll:
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Post by charliechops » Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:07 am

Yeah, I remember the Wavy Line shops. Also Liptons disappeared and Spar have all but vanished, but there's still a few hanging in there.
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Post by Mr M » Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:31 am

charliechops wrote:Yeah, I remember the Wavy Line shops. Also Liptons disappeared and Spar have all but vanished, but there's still a few hanging in there.
Londis stores are popping up all over the place! :)
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Post by pandammonium » Wed Aug 24, 2005 1:51 pm

One day, even Tesco will be gone!


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Post by Amazin » Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:09 pm

I worked for Fine Fare in the 70s and 80s. They were a large company, owned by the Western family (Sunblest bread) but they sold the supermarket division to Gateways in 1986. It is true they were the first company to introduce a bargain-price range called Yellow Pack.

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Post by Bubblehead » Mon Jun 26, 2006 2:10 am

What about Prestos and Hintons?

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Post by dave mc » Mon Jun 26, 2006 7:51 am

What about 'em?
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Post by black-knight » Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:09 am

As Miss Finefare said to Mrs Asda:
"There's no Safeway!"
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Post by dave mc » Mon Jun 26, 2006 10:03 am

*groan* :roll:
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Post by Bubblehead » Mon Jun 26, 2006 4:53 pm

:lol:


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