Queues in Essentials

Over the summer the Leeds student union main shop had a few changes made to it, mainly where shelves were positioned and where this tills were. The problem is that this shift around has caused vast increases in the length of queues in the shop. At peak time at lunch it can now take nearly 15 minutes between joining the queue to pay and leaving the shop. The length of the queue is so severe that it prevents you getting to some of the shelves because the queue is snaking between them. Annoyingly the most frequent set of shelves to be encroached on by the queue are the sandwich shelves and this causes a huge bottleneck.

I miss the days when getting a sandwich and a newspaper in the union was a quick 5 minute job and I’m sure many other students feel the same. Bring back the old design!



  1. Chris Worfolk Said,

    October 16, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

    I think the new design is ok, I think the problem at the moment is that Essentials is still full of freshers that haven’t run out of money and are still getting up for lectures before lunch.

  2. Michelle Said,

    October 21, 2006 @ 3:33 am

    I like the new design in essentials. I think that it is a good thing they seam to have sorted out the queues a bit. I don’t think that it was ever seriously a 5 minuit job to get a newspaper etc at peak times. They queues have always been long, and that kinda makes sense with all the billions of students at Leeds. Also, you can now see how long the queues are at the small till and the big till at the same time, saving you wandering between the tills. It also lets you impulse purchase on your way around 🙂

    In the first week or so, I joined the queue when it was right at the back, going past the sandwiches, and thought it would take forever, and was very pleasently suprised with how quick it was to move. Since then I have never seen it quite so bad, although I am willing to accept it would get that bad at peak hours.

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