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Free muffins in Centra


I remember being chained to Spar in Roundwood when I lived in Wicklow. Now, I go to convenience shops – the likes of Mace, Spar, Londis etc. – as little as possible. They’re more expensive than butchers, supermarkets, grocers, or newsagents.

It’s a lot easier for me now because I live in Dublin city. I can get quite a lot of good basics in very convenient Asian shops; Timgad on the South Circular Road is excellent value, selling bread, milk, olives, chocolate and crisps, soft drinks, meat, rice, hummus etc. And the supermarkets are just a few minutes stroll away. So I rarely need to go to the convenience shop, except for more chocolate, jellies, newspapers, ice cream and the like: things newsagents used to sell. When I do go to a Mace, a Centra, or a Gala, it’s much of a muchness. I think most of us to go to the nearest convenient shop.

With all these caveats against convenience shops in mind, I still think Centra remains the most appealing. Spar’s offers of a grisly old sausage roll with rank twisty fries for €3 and a €1 pack of McVitie’s biscuits isn’t for me. Londis specials are better but somewhat pointless – I suspect few of us need the makings of a bolognaise from a convenience shop.

Much better offers ast month in Mace. Now out of date, they included Wispa and Crunchie bars 2 for €1, Mace firelog for €1 (over €1.70 I think I saw in Lidl today) and some ok deals.

Centra’s offers are a bit lacklustre this week – why buy a roast there? Still, they’ve had more consistently better offers over the past few months, including things you might want to buy in a convenience store rathet than simply things you would buy out of desperation. Current specials include:

  • Centra pear punnet (750g) was €2.19 now €1
  • Centra washed white potatoes (2.5kg) – half price – now €1.75

Maybe it’s their enormous marketing campaign, or maybe I’m being led astray by the bright blue and yellow colours, but Centra’s still the best of a bad lot. See all deals here.

This Friday, Centra giving away free muffins with every cup of coffee. I haven’t tried either their coffee or their muffins. Any good?

One Comment

  1. People will go to the most convenient shop, hence the term, convenience store, regardless of loyalty to one or the other. Although recently I would be put off from Mace on the basis of their new radio ad campaign with that slag Brendan O’Connor. I know the man has probably never even set foot in a Mace in his life but just the thought of sharing any kind of room with him is quite frightening. For me it has a lot to do with the colours as well. I don’t like Centra because their yellow and blue combo reminds me of being on a Ryanair flight. Spar reminds me of Christmas. I like that.