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Offline Rod

Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #15 on: Apr 27, 2018, 02:36 PM »
Well a lot of people poo-poo'd the hamburger stand when it was proposed as well.

Offline Roy Warrender

Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #16 on: Apr 27, 2018, 03:31 PM »
The problem with must franchised store is they are only as good as the store management  hopefully qe2  will manage it themselves

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Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #17 on: Apr 27, 2018, 05:41 PM »
Imagine your an overnight guest in a hotel and you need a bottle of Coke after a hard day out and about and a packet of Lays crisps. Do we call up room service at their inflated charges . wait till room service then decides to appear or just nip down to the local "shop" and buy from there.

I stayed recently at The Vdara in Vegas. a can of coke was only $10 via room service delivered on tray with ice in the glass and a slice of lemon. Ok l could have bought a bottle from the local in house shop for much less OK $10 seems a lot BUT consider its a service and some people might just what that. Likewise some people was an inhouse shop for purchases rather than use rom service. Heck l was charged late one night $8 for a glass of milk on Queen Mary room service. How l wished she had her own litle shoppe

Personally l see nothing wrong with the in house shop. You are after all giving people options. Remember shes not the QE2 that we know.
QE2 had her own little shop Smugglers cove on one deck for those items you missed ashore.
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Offline Brandon Sterkel

Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #18 on: Apr 27, 2018, 06:24 PM »
Circle K is a large chain of convenience stores/gas stations here in the USA, usually find these very dilapidated as they are a low cost franchise!!!! Wish they could have found something more fitting for her.......


Did a little bit of research and it turns out that Circle K in the UAE is somewhat different than the US locations as most (if not all of their stores) in Dubai are located in malls. It also looks like they are not as big on fountain drinks or slushees as in the States. Based on several photos of their Dubai stores, they look much cleaner and nicer than the American stores.
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Offline Oceanic

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« Reply #19 on: Apr 27, 2018, 07:16 PM »
As long as the installation is done tastefully and keeps with the current aesthetic I don’t have many qualms with it; a store near a hotel can be immensely helpful as I’m sure many of us can agree.

If anything the only thing that upsets me is the spelling of ‘Queen Elizabeth’ on the post.  :D
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Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #20 on: Apr 27, 2018, 09:14 PM »
QE2 had her own little shop Smugglers cove on one deck for those items you missed ashore.

I remember that shop and it was well thought out (bought items there with my parents), but I worry that the new convenience store/shop will not fit in with her image - even her new image in Dubai ("still making history", being sympathetic to the ship, being updated but similar to how she was in some ways at least). Having an international company opening a "branch" onboard on one of the main public decks fills me with an element of dread and makes the cynic in me think there's a chance it could be the first of many...QE2 doesn't need a Starbucks too (like Queen Mary).

Having said the above - if it's done right, respectfully, and is successful then what grounds is there for me and anyone else to complain? However, it would be nice if the basic structure of the library and bookshop areas remained and the store/shop worked within the confines of the areas! Just don't let it be the first of many such operations onboard particularly given the number of cafes etc onshore and very nearby (in sight of the ship).
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Offline Brandon Sterkel

Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #21 on: Apr 27, 2018, 09:16 PM »
Circle K has opened in the Traveller's Cove space on One Deck. Doesn't look too bad in my opinion.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156328449922840&set=pcb.181636729075145&type=3&theater&ifg=1


Looks like the signs have an error or another convenience store may be opening on Quarter Deck
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Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #22 on: Apr 27, 2018, 09:18 PM »
Circle K has opened in the Traveller's Cove space on One Deck. Doesn't look too bad in my opinion.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156328449922840&set=pcb.181636729075145&type=3&theater&ifg=1


Looks like the signs have an error or another convenience store may be opening on Quarter Deck

Might have to eat my words then! Looks much like it did down to the old sign and how I remember it!

I also spy a British plug socket! Not sure what type the UAE uses?
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Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #23 on: Apr 27, 2018, 09:34 PM »
Looks better than I had envisaged from the initial post. Cunardqueen put the shop into context and helps us understand you need the option to purchase soft drinks and other items.

Looking good.
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« Reply #24 on: Apr 27, 2018, 11:40 PM »
Wonder if they will have one of these delightful machines as found in most convenience stores in the USA?????

'CunarDogs" anyone??????

Offline Oceanic

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« Reply #25 on: Apr 27, 2018, 11:49 PM »
Circle K has opened in the Traveller's Cove space on One Deck. Doesn't look too bad in my opinion.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156328449922840&set=pcb.181636729075145&type=3&theater&ifg=1


Looks like the signs have an error or another convenience store may be opening on Quarter Deck
Brilliant integration with the exsisting interior spaces.
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Offline Trevor Harris

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« Reply #26 on: Apr 28, 2018, 12:14 AM »
Wonder if they will have one of these delightful machines as found in most convenience stores in the USA? ??? ?

'CunarDogs" anyone? ??? ??


Nope. Will never eat from those.
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Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #27 on: Apr 28, 2018, 11:08 PM »
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  Having said the above - if it's done right, respectfully, and is successful then what grounds is there for me and anyone else to complain?   
We do need to remember the fact that QE2 is open to the public and the day trippers and you need to cater for them some how. So naturally a small shop is ideal, some might balk at the idea .

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QE2 doesn't need a Starbucks too (like Queen Mary).
   
Maybe she does need such a thing, then again is there a big coffee culture out there. A look on Queen Mary will tell you such a thing is needed, Where else can you grab a coffee oboard , and any visitor will tell you how busy that particular place is. I frequented that place once to get some  tea, and now avoid such places like the plague. Then again lm not a coffee drinker, and tea from such things should only be bought in an emergency. l simply loath such places, but the free wifi is a bonus 

For those if us who like soft drinks, the burning question is will it be a Coke or Pepsi place.

If you look what MGM properties did , they did away with inroom tea/coffee machines in most of their properties in Las vegas and installed Starbucks in every front lobby. 
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Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #28 on: Apr 29, 2018, 10:31 AM »
I think that where they've put the shop (and where Cunard also put it) is ideal.  It allows for hotel guests to "nip upstairs" for whatever it is they need, without needing to stray into the main public areas of the hotel.  Having a shop like this on board is a no-brainer.

I spoke to someone relevant on board a few weeks ago about the old Ocean Books shop - I suggested that even in her current role, a shop selling mementoes and souvenirs in that location would be appropriate, but they didn't seem to have any plans yet.  Running that shop in that capacity (and the tours) would have been my dream job, if QE2 wasn't where she is now.  Oh well!
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Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2018, 12:13 AM »
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