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Old Dec 30, 2008, 05:52 PM   #1
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R.I.P. Woolworths

Today I think I went in to a Woolworths for the last time, probably ever.

I felt a little sad.

Most of the store was cordoned off and what little stock they had left was scattered in blue 'totes' and there was a shelf full of 'Diana - The Concert' DVD's and a few random computer/console games.

Hell, they were even selling the staff room microwave.

What a shame the iconic British High Street store will be gone in less than a week. I have fond memories of going there in the summer holidays to pick up my new pencil case, pencils, pens and erasers for the start of the new school term, and going with my Dad and Brother every Christmas to get what seemed like the worlds biggest bag of Pick 'n' Mix.

I always thought there would be a place for Woolies and I think the staff have done a sterling job turning up every morning for work, knowing that where they were going was slowly dying.

R.I.P. Woolworths - it was fun while it lasted.

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Old Dec 30, 2008, 06:14 PM   #2
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I remember when we had these stores here in the U.S. I think they closed up here sometime back in the late 80s. So is there anymore Woolworths left in the world or are they all gone?
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 06:15 PM   #3
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I don't feel sad at all, woolworths has only sold tat IME.
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 06:23 PM   #4
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I haven't bought anything from Woolworths for a good twenty years – when I was a teenage Jaffa I was falsely accused of shoplifting by them. I was cutting through one of their stores, and got collared by a couple of their staff members. I got quite miffed to say the least, so I turned out the contents of my pockets in the middle of the isle and asked them to point out if there was anything there that belonged to them.

Naturally there wasn't, but I was given a warning that they kept an eye out for 'people like me' and that I should be 'very careful' when I entered a Woolworths store in the future. As such, I have been very careful indeed and have refused to give them my custom since.

I don't mourn their passing at all. I can hold a petty grudge with the best of them, me.
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 06:26 PM   #5
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I don't feel sad at all, woolworths has only sold tat IME.
You are too young to remember when Woolies was great.

They seemed to sell everything a kid could want in the sixties & seventies, they just seemed to lose the plot in the eighties and never managed to recover.
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 06:27 PM   #6
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You are too young to remember when Woolies was great.

They seemed to sell everything a kid could want in the sixties & seventies, they just seemed to lose the plot in the eighties and never managed to recover.
Last thing I ever bought at Woolworths was Super Mario Bros for my old Game Boy that I had at the time. That was late 80s for sure.
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 06:54 PM   #7
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They really haven't had 'em around here since, I think, the seventies.

I remember going there with my parents, as a kid. They had hardwood floors that creaked when you walked on them. (They were real planks, not that Pergo stuff they sell today.) They also had a pet department, and it seemed that there was always an escaped parakeet flying around the store.
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 07:08 PM   #8
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It's a shame that they just missed their 100th anniversary by less than a year.

But I will not miss them.
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 07:16 PM   #9
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They unfortunately don't server any function and have never adapted there business model nor bought any of there stores so every 5 years for 100 years the land lords have been raising the rents.
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Out with the old and in with the new. Tough times lead to trimmin' the fat.
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 07:39 PM   #11
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Woolworths in Walthamstow is where I bought my first album, '(Whats the story) Morning Glory' by Oasis. I loved that album took ages to save up for it though, but chart music has evolved since then. I don't think that album had a single crap song on it. Very formulaic, but to a 10 year old, it was amazing.
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 07:47 PM   #12
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I've only ever bought Wii points cards from Woolies, because they were a penny cheaper than Gamestation round the corner but yea. My friends store isn't closing until Tuesday. I should probably go one last time.

All we ever did in Woolies was wind up security guards.
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Last things I bought from there were: Lakeside's last xbox 360 elite for 150, Tiger Woods 09 for 20 and some obligatory Pick and Mix
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Out with the old and in with the new. Tough times lead to trimmin' the fat.
You heard that, America. Trim GM and Chrysler, and let other shops or industries develop.
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 10:31 PM   #15
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Well thats interesting...

In Australia we have a Woolworths on every second corner it is probably the biggest retailer in the entire country. Its a supermarket.
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Yeah, they're just a supermarket. In other places, they sell a lot of other stuff (i.e. "crap").
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Old Dec 30, 2008, 10:58 PM   #17
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Yeah, they're just a supermarket. In other places, they sell a lot of other stuff (i.e. "crap").

Not affiliated with other countries Woolworths however - the Aussie company licenced the name only. They also own and operate "Big W" stores here in Australia - these stores are the ones that sell the "crap". (at LOW LOW prices!!)
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Old Dec 31, 2008, 11:18 AM   #18
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I always thought there would be a place for Woolies
Sadly they didn't move with the times.

All the media ( games, cd's, dvd's etc ) were 50% cheaper online.

All the 'stuff ( kitchen stuff especially ) was 50% cheaper at the discount shop over the road.

All the food was 50% cheaper at Tesco.

They were a 20th century company in a 21st century market.

The credit crunch just brought the end a bit quicker.

My other half is gutted - because she worked part-time at a Woolies in Leicester as a student. I asked her when was the last time she bought anything there.

She couldn't remember.

Same with me. Says it all really.

We looked thru the door of the one in Liscard in the Wirral yesterday. Totally and utterly empty - but the security camera was still running.

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Not affiliated with other countries Woolworths however - the Aussie company licenced the name only. They also own and operate "Big W" stores here in Australia - these stores are the ones that sell the "crap". (at LOW LOW prices!!)

We had a Big W in Tamworth, but that closed over a year ago. Maybe the writing was on the wall. Woolworths was good for odds and sods - light fittings, kitchen bits and pieces, cheap stationary and no need to run around the specialist small shops.

However its thunder was stolen by Wilkinsons, which is like Woolworths with a larger range and cheaper.
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An up date, if you will, on the store. It isn't as dead as you think.

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The F. W. Woolworth Company (often referred to as Woolworth's) was a retail company that was one of the original American five-and-dime stores. The first Woolworth's store was founded, with a loan of $300, in 1878 by Frank Winfield Woolworth. Despite growing to be one of the largest retail chains in the world through most of the 20th century, increased competition led to its decline beginning in the 1980s. In 1997, F. W. Woolworth Company converted itself into a sporting goods retailer, closing its remaining retail stores operating under the "Woolworth's" brand name and renaming itself Venator Group. By 2001, the company focused exclusively on the sporting goods market, changing its name to the present Foot Locker Inc (NYSE: FL).
Retail chains using the Woolworth name survive in Germany, Austria, Mexico, and South Africa, and, until the end of 2008, in the United Kingdom. The similarly-named Woolworth's supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand are operated by Woolworths Limited, a separate company with no historical links to the F. W. Woolworth Company or Foot Locker, Inc. However, this company did take the name from F. W. Woolworth as it had global appeal.
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We had a Big W in Tamworth, but that closed over a year ago. Maybe the writing was on the wall. Woolworths was good for odds and sods - light fittings, kitchen bits and pieces, cheap stationary and no need to run around the specialist small shops.

However its thunder was stolen by Wilkinsons, which is like Woolworths with a larger range and cheaper.
Wilkinsons is Woolworths 2.0

Argos probably paid a big factor in killing them off too, we always used to go to woolies for xmas presents and stuff, then Argos got big, then that was it...
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