R.I.P. Woolworths

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by dwright1974, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2007
    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.


    - D
  2. macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    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?
  3. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Old York
    I don't feel sad at all, woolworths has only sold tat IME.
  4. macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    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. :p
  5. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    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.
  6. macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    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.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    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. :)
  8. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    It's a shame that they just missed their 100th anniversary by less than a year.

    But I will not miss them.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    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.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
    Out with the old and in with the new. Tough times lead to trimmin' the fat.
  11. macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    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.
  12. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    I've only ever bought Wii points cards from Woolies, because they were a penny cheaper than Gamestation round the corner :D 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.
  13. macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    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 :D
  14. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    You heard that, America. Trim GM and Chrysler, and let other shops or industries develop.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2008
    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.
  16. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    Yeah, they're just a supermarket. In other places, they sell a lot of other stuff (i.e. "crap").
  17. macrumors member

    May 5, 2008

    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!!;))
  18. macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    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.

  19. macrumors 68030

    Nov 7, 2004

    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.
  20. macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    An up date, if you will, on the store. It isn't as dead as you think.

  21. macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    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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