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Shame about Quiksilver/ Roxy UK

The Quiksilver Shop in the same Commercial Centre as Carrefour
The Quiksilver Shop in the same Commercial Centre as Carrefour

I loved the Quiksilver shop in Regent street although I found the curved staircase up to the women and children’s department with its glass treads a bit daunting. There was also the smaller shop in Covent Garden right next to the Royal Opera House, but they’ve both gone. I have to wait for my next pilgrimage to Bayonne and Carrefour.

Roxy is the trade name for the Women’s and Children’s Quiksilver product’s.

Café Ono in the Quiksilver shop
Café Ono in the Quiksilver shop

We always have lunch in the café  Ono inside the Quiksilver shop before going on to Carrefour – you’re not supposed to go shopping when you’re hungry.  Everything is that bit more tempting.
The food is always delicious and the staff even seem to recognise us – after all we’ve been making this pilgrimage for years, whenever we’ve come to visit Louise.

Pilgrimage to Bayonne

The Carrefour at Bayonne
The Carrefour at Bayonne

When we go to visit our daughter Louise in the North of Spain we always cross the border into France to go to the commercial centre at Bayonne and the large Carrefour supermarket. We have found English substitutes for many of the groceries we used to buy there but there are still things that are hard to get in the UK – a much larger range of Tefal bakeware for example.

So competition from Lidl worries the French too
So competition from Lidl worries the French too

I was surprised at this large display of competitive pricing in Carrefour. With Lidl scoring so highly in customer surveys for both price and quality  regular supermarkets may be feeling the pinch in these hard times.