Secret Sainsbury's at Holywood Exchange (the store that nearly closed waiting for Ikea to arrive) has been undergoing a refit over the last month or so. Lots of shuffling around of shelves and freezers, adding more clothes and electrical items, and changing the in-store and uniform branding from blue/orange to purple/orange.
It's had its ups and downs.
The cafe closed for a week - without anyone changing the what's-being-done-this-week sign outside the store - cue tears from a disappointed three year old whose brand loyalty to Sainsbury's is far above that of Tesco).
The cafe's now reopened, though the sofas have been moved away from the quiet corner, and the pictures from the Shorts Camera Club have been removed. They closed the cafe at 5pm today - despite the cafe's opening hours sign saying 6pm for Sundays. And the builders didn't quite clear away all their dust before they moved offsite.
Belfast Lough's foreshore is windy, and the branches of trees soon fill up with plastic bags.
Driving around the car park is a visual nightmare. There are now so many lines and pictograms marked on the tarmac, that it's quite distracting. They've also shuffled the Disabled and With-Small-Children parking spaces around, taking down a lot of the upright (easy-to-see signs) and leaving drivers looking down to squint at the markings in the actual spaces. An accident waiting to happen. And there seem to be a fewer Child spaces than before.
The petrol forecourt got a makeover too ... though on Saturday, the Chancellor had either had a massive impact on the price of fuel, or Sainsbury's were having a few problems with the new digital display!