Just wondering if anyone has been up the north recently for shopping and if there are still good bargains? I was thinking of going to Newry in next few weeks (live in Kildare) but Sainsburys is more expensive than other supermarkets with exception of waitrose (from scotland so know that sainsburys always slightly dearer), is there any other supermarkets in Newry or Lisburn worth checking out? Looking for drink and household bargains really (and the 2 for 1 offers).
EDIT: Courtesy of Richard (much appreciated!), here's a preliminary listing of all stores, addresses and phone numbers so please don't bother asking "is there a XXXX store in XXXX" on thread.
Moheenly, From Kildare originally but now live in Dundalk, theres a Dunnes Stores not far from the Sainsburys in Newry. My advice would be to leave early, real early. Wife goes on a Friday morning before 11am & its just about bearable, on her return (about 12) the traffic is backed up on hill down to Newry & on dual carriageway its back to almost the Carrickdale turn off (about 5 miles or so). Saturdays are a nightmare & Sundays a complete disaster as opening is at 12.
Banbridge/Lisburn or Armagh might be worth considering. The extra driving time is offset by easier parking, less hassle in the aisles & fully stocked shelves.
If you go as far as Banbridge there is a tesco there its cheaper then down here but you will have the same stuff as down here i like going to the other shops as they have things i dont see in the shops down here
Don't go on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning - there could be queues up to two hours just to get to car park.
There is Saisnburys and Dunnes in Newry, however Banbridge has the Tesco and the Outlet - lots of shops with (not only) clothes, shoes and big-brand shops. Marks and Spencer (grocery) as well. And there is always Sale in some of those shops - just walk up and down first.
Bargains are always there, like reduced product. However the price difference is HUGE. Not to mention better assortment. Fortunately, I have to travel to the north on regular basis and I do all the shopping there. Well, I don't buy frozen or chilled product from obvious reasons.
If you are on the north side of dublin you can get frozen food from Newry takes me 40 min from leaveing iceland to get home and have the frozen stuff put away bring cooler bags if you have them as well
Slightly OT but for those who buy up north, do you just use credit cards or do you have to convert euro to sterling? Not sure which works out cheaper.
In Newry i just use euro most shops take it and you can get it changed up there if not
How long does it take to drive up?Might make the spin myself. Is it worth it?
it takes about 3 and half hours or so. it mostly motorway i think.
Does anyone have a specific place they go to buy beers up there? If so what is the best place?
From the crossing of M50 and M1 is Newry about an hour drive.
You can use Credit card and in some shops even Laser card. However no Laser in Tescos and Sainsburrys. I just get the cash in ATM before entering the shop - keeps me spending little :-)
Good thread. Any good shops near Sligo?.In Enniskillen is only ASDA,ARGOS (still cheaper like in NI)
Hi, I'm also a Jock living in Kildare! I have travelled up North every month for the last years, there's an ASDA in Kilkeel, its another 30 mins drive along the coast if you want to go there, its quite small though. Use EURO's in the bigger stores as they give at least 80p per EURO where the credit card gives 76p-78p, some places give one for one, I.E. A clothes store where selling timberland boots at £80 so I got them for €80, bargain, I also use a cash and carry up there for drink, e.g. Corona is €24 per case of 24, they also sell the good old tonic if you want it! Although Sainsbury's is a more expensive supermarket if you've shopped in Ireland for any length of time you will find them cheap, Sainsbury's and cheap together!! They usually have good specials on drink too.
Also as a previous poster states, leave really early, I leave at 8am, no later than 9am as it will take you 2 hours to get there and then after say 11-11:30 am it becomes mad up there! Like Christmas!!!
You save a ridiculous amount shopping in Sainsbury's!
I would recommend driving for an extra half hour and going to Sprucefield, it's a bigger Sainsbury's and has a huuuuuuuge car park and there's a M&S close by as well.
Sainsburys in Newry is a total meleè on the weekend.
A lot of the shelves are just cleaned out by Southern shoppers by Saturday afternoon.
The two big shopping centres have decimated Newry High Street. Supervalu gives 85p on the Euro on the main street.
If you are going to Newry, try and aim to get up there for 9am, or else parking is just pure hell.
There's also a big retail park just a mile up from the Newry roundabout called the Damolly retail park, with the likes of B&Q, Land of Leather, etc.