A few weeks ago Somerfield (latterly Co-op) supermarket sold out and left. Somerfield, Nailsea was the sort of place you could film a zombie movie simply by recording in real time with the regular crowd. It was slow and had a smoker's complexion. There was too much salt in the sandwiches.
After just six weeks we have a bright, friendly, well-stocked Waitrose. The green and grey clad, share-owning staff have a sense of urgency and purpose. I went for a Guardian and some skimmed milk. I bought a Guardian, some Duchy, organic skimmed milk, a bottle of English sparkling wine, two bars of fair-trade chocolate and some individually cut and crimped balsamic vinegar and sea salt crisps each of which has been butterfly kissed by an attractive blond checking clerk. I may have imagined this last bit but they are expensive crisps and will still kill me slowly.
Anyway £30 spent against a £1.85 budget so it's not looking good. Also they had run out of sandwiches at 3.30 p.m. so I bought a pasty. There are not enough car park spaces in Nailsea for all the people who now want to visit. It is a good retail experience if such is possible. Maybe walking there would be good and keep my purchases down to what I can carry.
We're not buzzing and happening yet but if the rumoured W.H. Smiths, Wetherspoons and Cargo happen then who knows. Who knows.