Empty shelves at Tesco

Armageddon in Ashby II: Return of the Easter Egg

You may remember my article the other week about my last trip to Tescos in the pleasant town of Ashby de la Zouch. As a brief summary, many of the shelves were empty, and none of the staff would bother themselves with a trip to the warehouse to see if there was any stock hiding there.

Now, to be fair, there had been some snow – quite a lot of snow actually – over the week or so before that visit, so I did have some sympathy with the store that perhaps their deliveries were finding it hard to get through because of the inclement weather, or that there were delays somewhere else in the supply chain. Even in this modern world of instant gratification and consumerism, the staff can only stack the shelves if the goods can get to the store.

I had a trip back to the same branch of Tescos earlier, and expected that things would be back to normal. I casually wondered through the initial aisle of the shop, and looked at the specials, and spotted a lack of goods on a couple of shelves. I thought, “just one of those things. It’s a Sunday afternoon. Perhaps this shelf is still waiting to be restacked”.
Tescos stock levels
Other parts of the specials section were also lacking goods. Still giving the benefit of the doubt, I was thinking that perhaps these offers were so good that they were flying off the shelves.

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Around the corner, the shelves were full of “Sorry, Temporarily Out of Stock” signs. I was starting to feel twitchy again.

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I went to the fruit a veg area, a section particularly bereft of food on my last visit, and although it was not as empty as on my previous visit, it was still far from full.
Tescos stock levels
Tescos stock levels
Tescos stock levels
Tescos stock levels
Tescos stock levels

Around other parts of the store, it was more of the same. Shelves looking empty, or almost empty. A single item strewn here and there , although sometimes in a rather artistic fashion.
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The lack of bread was a bit of a pain, as it was one of the items that was on my list of things to get. Never mind.

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I wasn’t too surprised at the lack of chickens. After all, it was a Sunday afternoon, and I would suspect that many of the chickens had completed their migration from the shelf to the dinner table. As the main course, rather than as the guest of honour.
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On the positive side, there was still an inability for me to rely on the less healthy options. The ready meal section was looking about as busy as it was on my last visit,
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and the beer aisles were either not very busy, or had just been very busy and were showing the strain. Perhaps the Six Nations rugby match had got people so excited at the prospect of watching, that they had rushed out to the local supermarket and stocked up on beer.

Tescos stock levels
Tescos stock levels

I know what you are thinking, though. Last time, I mentioned that there was one well stocked aisle even through the emptiness of the other shelves. I can report that the one well stocked aisle has retained that status. The season goods aisle is still filled with Easter Eggs and related goods.

So, although I could not stock up on bread, chickens, special offers, fruit, vegetables or various beers, I was not going to run out of chocolate eggs. It could be worse.

Tescos stock levels