It's 10 years since Woolworths stores up and down the country closed for the final time, with many fearing the chain's demise signalled the beginning of the end for the British high street. At Christmas in 2008, hundreds of shoppers visited 'Woolies' stores in Burton, Swadlincote, Ashby and Uttoxeter on the lookout for bargains before the shutters were pulled down for good. The closures saw 33 staff in Burton and 24 in Swadlincote lose their jobs. A decade on, the high street continues to battle against increasing online competition, but many people retain fond memories of the fallen retail giant famed for its pick 'n' mix, toys and Ladybird clothing line. The company's first UK store was in Liverpool in 1909 and the chain quickly grew into a household name, launching outlets throughout the country. Burton's store first opened in High Street on November 10, 1923, in the unit that is now the Lord Burton pub. The store was extended in 1964 and underwent an extensive revamp in 1973. Ten … [Read more...] about Find out what has happened to our Woolworths stores
Remarkably, it’s the 10th anniversary of the closure of a nationwide store as woven into British culture as fish and chips and double decker buses. Woolworths or “Woolies”, as it was affectionately known, loomed large on the high streets of every British city. The historic high street name, which opened its first store in Liverpool in 1909, had been under increasing pressure as customers turned to supermarkets or the Internet for better value. Sadly, for many, the change in shopping trends led to the closure of its 800 stores in 2008. Among the stores to go in Leicestershire were the Haymarket Centre store (formerly in Gallowtree Gate), plus others in Market Harborough, Hinckley, Ashby, Melton, Coalville and Loughborough. Read More Where to go shopping in Leicester All, today have fresh occupants, from supermarket and fashion chains to discount retailers and coffee shops. Originally a division of the American F. W. Woolworth Company until its sale in the early … [Read more...] about What happened to all of Leicestershire’s Woolworths?
0 Have your say For nearly a century it had been as much a fixture of almost every high street as the post office and the bus stop. So the disappearance of its 807 branches exactly 10 years ago, amid global financial meltdown, was a watershed moment – a harbinger of the demise of traditional shops in a new landscape of online retailing. But new data suggests that nearly all the Woolworths stores that began their closing down sales in December 2008 are alive and well, under new management.It has also emerged that the Woolworth tradition of pick ’n’ mix is making its way back to town centres – not with bags of sweets but with combinations of selling and entertainment pitched at a new generation of shopper.There were 43 Woolworth stores in Yorkshire at the time of the chain’s collapse, and all were taken on by new retailers, although three are currently once more to let, retail consultant Graham Soult told The Yorkshire … [Read more...] about Ten years on, the wonder of Woolworth is that its shops are still in business…
A PENSIONER from Leicestershire is set to make £400 by selling an 80-year-old Woolworths Christmas tree. Almost every Christmas since he was born, Steve Rose, 74, has decorated the "tree for life" which his parents bought from the department store in the 1930s. The tree is only three foot tall and was one of the first mass produced artificial trees in the UK. The festive centrepiece would have cost around sixpence (£1.14) when his parents bought it but it could sell for up to £420 at auction - almost 370 times its original value. Hansons Auctioneers reckon it will fetch around £200 to £300 but it could sell for more as the auction house sold a similar one for over £400 to the American Christmas Tree Association last year. Steve, a retired biology teacher who lives in Syston, inherited the tree alongside the lights and decorations from the 1950s when his parents passed away eight years ago. As an only child, he has decided to sell the family heirloom … [Read more...] about Man, 74, set to make £400 by selling vintage 1930s Woolworths Christmas tree – how much are your old decorations worth?
This week marks ten years since beloved high-street retailer Woolworths collapsed. In what ultimately became the first of several high-profile brands to disappear from town centres following the 2008 financial crash, the demise of Woolies proved a shock to the system. Popular for its legendary pick 'n' mix and extensive music section and with hundreds of stores across the country, the chain's collapse proved even the biggest names aren't immune to falling into oblivion. The chain had been a mainstay of Grimsby since 1912, when its first store in our area opened in Cleethorpe Road, before moving to Freeman Street 13 years later. The 4,174 sq ft store opened to the public on April 24, 1925, and in the first day and half welcomed nearly 9,000 people through the doors. The store employed around 50 assistants, and closed in 1984 with the loss of 14 part-time and 14 full-time jobs. However, it’s Woolworths’ Victoria Street store - which opened in September 1957 - that most will … [Read more...] about Memories of Woolworths 10 years after its collapse