Photographer's Note

This is a shot of my local supermarket. Safeway's are the fourth largest chain in the UK now - initially they were US owned, but now they're wholly UK owned. This is a shot of their largest UK store. Their first UK store was opened in 1962 in Bedford.

The Safeway chain was bought by Morrisons in 2005, and this most of the stores now bear their livery, so this is already historic ;)

The first self-service supermarket in the UK was opened by Jack Cohen in 1947, and was the beginning of today's Tesco chain which is a direct competitor to Safeway. For more information about the history of food in the UK I suggest you have a look at UK food timeline @

These days most supermarkets are built outside town centre locations and provide their own large free carparks for customer use. This branch is unusual in that it is within walking distance of the town centre. On the left you can see a cycle path, and to the left of that is a pedestrian walkway - however most people visit by car. A far cry from how it all began!

The streaks of light are the tail lights of cars as they pass through the shot - they're intentional, I included them to show how most people get there nowadays...

This is another attempt to finding a photogenic side to modern day Woking - it's a challenge ;)

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Additional Photos by Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274)
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