Just before the Bugle went on holiday, we popped into First Choice on the high street, to see if we could get a cheaper deal on some flights that we needed in the middle of the holiday. It was a strange experience – the person we spoke to didn’t seem to know how their system worked, and apologised, saying that “she didn’t normally work in this branch”.
The flights that they could offer were more expensive than the deals online, and she added rather forlornly “you’re probably better off looking on the internet”. And now, back from sunnier places, I see that First Choice is no more.
But what will it become? Karaoke Bar? Lebanese Cafe (to give Blackheath Fish and Chips a run for their money)? Another coffee shop? Incidentally, you may recognise First Choice’s front doorstep in the photo, from this remarkably undersubscribed competition. I guess the wasabi peas weren’t enough of a temptation.