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What ever happend to FINE FARE?

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In the 70's I had a Saturday job stacking shelves at Fine-Fare on Crookes. I remember that in the stock room we deliberately damaged goods like drinking yoghurts, so that we could drink them for free !

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I knew a guy who worked for Fine Fare. His name was Paul and he came from Eckington. He also told a lot of fairy stories including an encounter on a barge with a married woman that nobody believed. He said he was the manager of Fine Fare (he was 19) and that he had a Mercedes. He worked at the shop at the bottom of Heeley that is now I think Howells Solicitors.

 

One night my friend and I missed the bus and he said he would give us a lift. We thought this was cool as we would get to ride in this Mercedes, however, he told us it was in for a service and he drove us home in a skanky rusty old Escort van.

 

He once turned up at my house with 24 Strawberry Ski Yogurts. I still didn't like him much.

Edited by Saffron

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He sounds a bit dodgy to me...typical Fine Fare standard I reckon!

Saying that, it wasn't too bad working for them. About the only choice available for a kid to earn extra pocket money in the 70's was to do a paper round. So shelf-stacking for Fine Fare was a definite step up!

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In case it's of interest, here is a scan from the 1973 Kelly's Directory, giving details of the 20 Fine Fare branches in Sheffield around that time.

 

I came upon this old thread when googling for something else.

 

Tesco are often criticised for opening a lot of stores. According to their website, there are currently 12 Tescos (Tescoes?) in Sheffield. They've still a way to go before they catch up with Fine Fare.

 

Plus ça change...

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I worked at FF Vicar Lane Chesterfield early 70s our managers were Mr Short Tony Tuck and Dave Hateley I met my now husband there he was a trainee manager and recognise a lot of the names and store places on here 

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There was a Fine Fare at prince of wales road shops. I used to go there for my mum.

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