Woolworths, which had a store in Commercial Street, Batley and Market Place in Dewsbury, could be set to make a comeback to the high street almost 10 years since the retailer shut its doors after collapsing. Tony Page, the company’s former managing director, said he has approached shopping giant Shop Direct, which owns the Woolworths brand, to repurchase the name in a bid of launching a series of stores.“I am still emotionally attached to it,” he told the Daily Star.“I still think it has got a role in the future. I have contacted Shop Direct and said ‘you’re not using the brand any more, would you consider giving it to someone who would?’”Page added that he felt the stores would still be a ‘physical retailer’.“I feel as though if the brand name was available it would still be a possibility to bring it back [to high streets,” he said. “I still absolutely think it would still be a physical retailer. I would … [Read more...] about Could Woolworths be set to return to Batley and Dewsbury?
A MYSTERY shoplifter who stole two chocolate bars from Woolworths 40 years ago has apologised with a handwritten letter. A letter was delivered to puzzled bosses at Belle Vale Shopping Centre in Liverpool from the thief, who decided to finally come clean. The letter said: “I stole two bars of chocolate from Woolworths in 1975, when I was a little boy. “I apologise, I didn't know any better here's the money I owe you for them." Tucked inside the letter was a £5 note to cover the cost of the stolen treats. MID-AIR DRAMA Ryanair jet 'drops 26,000ft in 7 minutes' leaving passengers with ear bleeds ROYAL COURT Meghan & Kate in first joint outing without husbands for Wimbledon Ladies Final GUNNED DOWN Moment doomed dad hands daughter to his wife before hitman executes him BEYOND BELIEF Disturbing moment woman repeatedly boots young boy in playground HEATWAVE GOODBYE UK set for 31C scorcher this weekend before heavy rain and a fall in temps McGROSS! Parasites lurking in … [Read more...] about Mystery shoplifter apologises with handwritten letter and £5 for stealing two chocolate bars from Woolworths 40 YEARS ago
Losing Woolworths has hit us more than any other iconic store shutting in recent years. The 2009 closure of one-stop shop, famed for pick ‘n’ mix sweets and its Wonder of Woolies slogan, caused disbelief. One fan told a poll: “I shopped in Woolworths all my life. I couldn’t believe it when it closed.” With 49% in the survey by Watchdog Which?, Woolworths was most mourned. Next in the poll of 10,000 people was BHS with 36%, C&A on 29% and Comet at 28%. Brands such as K Shoes, Safeway, Virgin Megastores were fondly recalled. Many shops face ruin because of a toxic mix of online competition, rip-off rates and belt tightening. One person said: “These days online is the only option for most things not in supermarkets.” Just 14% said shopping was better today due to better store layouts and pedestrianisation. The Mirror is campaigning for high streets to be boosted by investment and fair rates. … [Read more...] about Woolworths is the shop Brits miss most from the nation’s high streets
TEMPERS flared in Australia as Woolworths implemented a ban on plastic bags - with one customer even grabbing a staff member by the throat. The shock incident last Saturday in Mandurah, Western Australia, came as the retail giant brought in the ban a week before the nationwide ban on single-use plastics came into force in Australia on July 1. Woolworths scrapped plastic bags on June 20 and instead introduced a 15 cent (8p) resusable bag or a "Bag for Good" for 99 cent (55p). But according to The West Australian, a worker was assaulted by an irate customer on June 23 after being told there were no single-use plastic bags. The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association assistant secretary Ben Harris said: "A male customer in the self-serve area swore loudly at a female worker. She provided him with some complimentary bags and apologised. "He made a mistake by scanning an item twice, the worker came to help him remove it and he walked up behind her and put his hands … [Read more...] about Woolworths customer ‘grabbed staff by the throat’ in row over plastic bags as Australia starts ban
Woolworths, in Skegness, launched an appeal to raise funds for First Skegness Scouts and Second Skegness Guides 10 years ago. The store was to hold regular fundraising events throughout the year, including tombolas, and raffles. The scouts and guides would also be in-store doing bag packing at Christmas to help. The shop had already raised around £100. … [Read more...] about RECENT NOSTALGIA: Woolworths launches appeal for Scouts and Guides