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Spring is Coming!

We seem to have had a long, hard winter - and I'm not just referring to the weather.  Many of you will know that last November our main supplier, Palmer & Harvey, went out of business.  This meant that instead of getting stock delivered, I was having to go to Booker cash and carry in Norwich twice a week to keep stock on the shelves.  This also caused us problems with cash flow as the line of credit we got with P&H was no longer available.  Booker didn't carry the same range of stock that P&H had so you may well have noticed lack of availability in some lines - and particularly almost no Easter eggs this year.

Thankfully we are now moving on with a new supplier.  Things are not entirely settled yet, but we are now getting regular weekly deliveries of ambient (i.e. not chilled) stock and should start getting chilled deliveries also from this week.  Our promotions cycle should now get back on track, although we've tried to keep that going as far as possible.

Going forward we are going to take a long hard look at our range of stock and how we can improve. We'd love to get any feedback about what you would like to see us selling that we don't at the moment.  There are also some exciting developments coming from our suppliers and we should see some new ranges of fresh and own brand produce appearing later in the year.

So lets hope not only that the weather starts to improve, but that we can get back to concentrating on providing you with the best service in Coltishall.

Best wishes, Steve.

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Wine Price Drop!

We have too much wine!  And we'd love you to help us drink it.  I know it's January and money's tight, so I have just been through our wine list and dropped the price on over 70 lines, many by around £1 a bottle, some by as much as £2 and one, our Chablis, by over £3.  Some of my personal favourites include:

  • Turner Road from California at £6.95
  • Oxford Landing from Australia at £7.09
  • Hardy's Stamp and Lindeman Bin wines, also from Australia at £7.49
  • Casillero del Diablo from Chile at £7.95
  • Campo Viejo from Spain at £8.49 (their white wine has a super flavour).
  • Brancott Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand at £9.49

Prices on all these will be held while present stocks last.

These are all in addition to our special offers, which continue to run through till 25th January:

  • Shy Pig Australian red and white at just £3.99 a bottle.  This is a very drinkable wine, 11% alcohol, so great value.
  • Isla Negra Reserve wines from Chile at £5.25
  • McGuigan Black Label from Australia at £5.99
  • and Kumala from South Africa's Western Cape region at £5.49
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Happy New Year!

I'd like to wish all of you a very happy New Year.

The exciting news for 2018 is that we will have a new supplier in place by the spring and hopefully will be able to bring you a better range of products, especially in the fresh and chilled sectors.  Watch this space for more news.

In the meantime, we may not be able to bring you our usual range of regularly changing promotions and you may find some of your normal brands unavailable.  Nevertheless we are working hard to source some good deals from a range of suppliers and hopefully will have some fresh offers on the shelves later this week.

Thank you for your custom and loyalty in 2017 and wish you the best for a healthy and prosperous 2018.

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