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The pain of woolworths dickson – and the need for a market-driven solution

By Octogen 6 June 2008 50

From reading some of the posts on here previously, it appears that many other people are suffering from the appallingly long lines at woolworth’s dickson. Rather than just having a bit of a whine about it on the forum and then ending up doing nothing about it, I’d really like to see some competition in the area – even if it’s a coles! I think it would encourage woolies to get off their arse and actually put some staff on to serve the hoardes (and potentially drive down prices too)! It’s really a pretty abnormal situation – reputedly the most busy supermarket in Australia, and no close-by “big hitter” competiton?

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bigred 10:03 pm 11 Jun 08

Jenny Green – Do you turn left there?????

Nope – dine elsewhere. Do you?

ant 8:25 pm 11 Jun 08

No kids in the Basket’n’cash lane either! I hate the way they get into the line (this is Qbn but it sounds like Dickson), and then send their spawn out to hunt and gather, bringing back their loot. You thought you were behind someone buying a packet of cornflakes and some Whiskers. Next thing they have their whole family there with armfuls of crap. Children Obesity crap more often than not, too.

Kids can be in if they have a basket, and are paying for it themselves. With cash.

jenny green 7:19 pm 11 Jun 08

bigred said :

But hey, go around the corner some time and watch all those fools doing a right turn out of maccas against the “No right turn” sign.

Do you turn left there?????

Eirlys 11:18 am 11 Jun 08

If anyone can find a basket in Dickson woolies sure that would work.
A month or so ago they had removed the storage unit for the baskets, they only just brought them back. And baskets are always scarcer then the lines are long.

tom-tom 10:56 am 11 Jun 08

from experience people can fit an awful lot in their baskets and those who are not willing to jam all their shopping into one basket will just get their kids to carry a basket each

ant 9:37 am 11 Jun 08

I’m with you, ruhappynow, a cash-only till and NO trolleys. They could add a chicane so those people with trolleys can’t get in. Baskets only, cash only. Basket and your bag of birdseed or whatever goes under one’s arm.

ruhappynow 2:45 am 11 Jun 08

Vote with your feet.
Dickson is time consuming with the crowds it gets, more expensive without competition (how easily could an ALDI/COLES/FRANKLINS/MARKET justify enough business) and its an all round below average shopping experience.
Then again the City Supabarn is now without parking since that was gobbled up by Canberra Centre making it a no-go zone anytime due to the parking fees and hassle.
The few minutes in the car to somewhere like Ainslie IGA or a big shop big shop in the burbs will save you money and time. Shopping doesn’t need to be a chore.

I think every large supermarket should have ‘Cash and Dash’ checkouts where you pay cash only for what you can carry in your basket (plus a 9 pack of toilet tissues or cereal box or three litre juice etc) and its just scan and hand over the cash. You can still talk to the checkout chick so long as it doesn’t distract her and the talking ends as soon as she gives you your change.

bigred 7:52 pm 08 Jun 08

sepi, I agree but it used to be better when Summernats let people bring their own beer supplies. I remeber one year some enterprising lads had a coolroom on a trailer which they filled with beer from woollies bottle shop.

sepi 7:49 pm 08 Jun 08

Woolies dickson (and maccas Disckson) is actually quite a good tourist experience for visiting rellies during summernats.

There’s the Armed guards at the front of the grog shop, the endless parade of blokes in shorts with slabs of beer over their shoulders, loads of skinny women with trolleys full of sausages and bottles of coke, and some funny cars in the carpark.

It’s a good one for any rellies that accuse Canberra of being sterile.

bigred 7:41 pm 08 Jun 08

Woolies Dickson is a reminder to those who are better off that there is a twilight side to Canberra. The whole concept is stuffed, from the moment you enter the carpark. And look at all the shiney 4WDs parked in the disabled spots. The shelf stackers are so arrogant they block the aisles right when customers are coming and when you ask for something diferent at the deli they tell you they are going to check never to return again. Then you have all alcos stocking up in the bottle shop.

But hey, go around the corner some time and watch all those fools doing a right turn out of maccas against the “No right turn” sign.

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