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Would you like to see Woolworths back on the High Street?

Woolworths could be making a resurgence to the Great British high street!

Woolworths had been due to celebrate its 100 anniversary when it called in administrators in 2008.

But we could soon see it back on our streets, as former brand director Tony Page revealed he has approached brand owner Shop Direct to buy the name back and take it on, nearly a decade after its humiliating collapse at the cost of 27,000 jobs.

Apparently, he would look to bring back the nostalgic store in a “similar format”, making sure to place the new branches at the “heart of the communities”.

He also believes a new version of Woolworths would have a shot at rivalling cheap online retailers like Amazon. “It is much easier to walk down the road than to order on Amazon,” he said.

Best known for its “pick ’n’ mix” sweets, there was quite the public outpouring of sorrow when the debt-laden chain – in a  £400m hole at the end – finally closed its doors.

Badly balanced finances and equally poor management played their part in its demise, but the biggest problem faced by Woolies was that too few of those who mourned its departure ever darkened its doors.

A decade on, can Mr Page change that by reviving the name and format, focussing it on “neighbourhood stores” at the heart of communities rather than big out of town malls?

What are your views?  Would you like to see Woolworths back in your local high street? Have you missed it? Where do you now buy your essentials from? Do you shop online more now for items that you previously purchased from Woolies?

Would you like to see Woolworths back on the High Street?

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SharonP
22nd Nov 2017
0
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I think Woolies would fit nicely back into the high street. I miss it very much. We had a local one and one in the city centre. The staff were fantastic local ones knew what was going on in the area and you always felt like you could stay all day. I have been trying to think of a store where I could now go locally and get everything I wanted except for large groceries. I couldn't think of one now you have to go to a few. In Woolies you could clothe your children, by hats and scarves for winter , umbrellas for a rainy day. Pick up a bigger saucepan or casserole dish to create in your kitchen, knives and forks to eat the food. Paint for your walls , d.i.y items. A CD or video to keep you happy at the end of a long day. The Pick and Mix oh yes, lots of other sweets oh and Easter Eggs at Christmas LOL. Lights, bulbs to see with. Plants in summer. Drinks to quench the thirst. Bath towels. I could go on forever I think. Pound stores really are no competition you pay for what you get and what you bought at Woolies lasted forever ! I hope it comes back and I hope it stays.
Bellaroseofnm
20th Oct 2017
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I live in New Mexico, but oh how seeing the name Woolworths brings back so many good memories from growing up in El Paso, Texas. I've missed them so much. I hope it makes a comeback for you. I especially miss the soda fountain.
ChristineR447
17th Jul 2017
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I would also like to see a resurgence of the High Street. Walk onto my high street and there are empty shops everywhere! I want to try on clothes and shoes and would like to see and try before I buy without the hassle of crossing my fingers or having to return goods.
Chiane
15th Jul 2017
1
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If you are successful getting Woolworth's back then I know your cousins America where I live and am a native of will receive a return of that great store.
issy1234
12th May 2017
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HOW GREAT IT WOULD BE FOR MANY REASONS BUT YOU CAN BUY ON LINE FROM THEM AND I HAVE HAD GREAT SUCCESS WITH THIS.
pierre1961
7th May 2017
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Woolworth's was always the 'Iconic' symbol you would expect to see in the High Street. My memories of the place go back to early childhood, when the larger stores used to have milk shake fountains at the rear with those distinctive tall substantial glasses!

Always strange when I go to Germany, and see both Woolworth's and C&A still alive and kicking there - seems they loved on in a continental flavour.

Think very clever marketing could bring the stores back to add a much needed injection back into the disappearing landscape that is the High Street.
Anwivane
5th May 2017
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Loved these shops. Could browse for ages.
Used to love the 'ladybird' range for kids wear. The only socks that stayed white.
Woolworths 'pick and mix' - others don't come close.
Diane.P
5th May 2017
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I do miss Woolworths. It was the go to store for almost anything. The quality was reasonable and so were the prices. I worked in the small Woolworths in the town where I live, it was always busy! Sadly the building has been empty for a number of years but now Wetherspoons have bought it.
Dianelily
3rd May 2017
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Woolworths is one of the shops I miss most. You could basically get anything you quickly needed e.g pencils/pens/sewing cotton. All the little bits. Poundland do sell these items but are of such bad quality I don't buy. I have to go to a department store like John Lewis to buy these kind of things now.
PhilipM
3rd May 2017
1
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We already have 'Woolworth's nowadays rebranded as Poundland
Thisissixtyblog
30th Apr 2017
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There are so many similar types of shops now -discount shops that sell everything such as B&M. I'm not sure that Woolworths would have the same impact as it once did.
AngelaC44
28th Apr 2017
3
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Watever you needed Woolworths usually had it. Prices were low. Quality not too bad. Lets face it everything is made in China everywhere you go now. We have built China up now lets build our own communities back up. Let us reclaim the shops we had. It does not seem right to ignore our High Streets hecause the Supermarkets sell so much. I want our communities back. High Streets should be the hub. If Woolworths becomes a success then maybe others would follow. We are isolating ourselves with shopping on line. Remember you don't know what you have until you lose it. Bring Woolies back.
Pam1960
26th Apr 2017
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I would love to see Woolworth back on the High Street mainly for sentimental reasons. The memories as a child getting not only pick & mix sweets but biscuits also. I am not sure how they would fare nowadays as other retailers have taken over the Woollies mantle and there are also regional competitors selling similar products at discount rates.
JuneB4
26th Apr 2017
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Woolworths was such good value for money and very good quality. I really miss them!
SmarttramS
26th Apr 2017
2
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Have just learnt that very.co. uk. has taken over the woolworth site. If that is so, they would not cope with the prices on the street
SmarttramS
25th Apr 2017
1
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Robert Dyas, PoundWorld, and Poundland seem to do everything that woolworth used to do, but I don't think that you would get three into one these days. But it would be good to see woolworth's back on the street.
SharonP
22nd Nov 2017
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I think the difference being that if you bought something from Woolworths it lasted for a very very long time. Buy from any of the Pound stores and lets face it , its not going to last five minutes. Robert Dyas stores very good but overly priced on some of their items. I don't know what it was about Woolworths I think it was local and you went in there and got a friendly welcome and your kids were safe to wander around with out too much worries. The staff knew them and kept an eye on them. These days shops just concentrate on getting you in and getting your money customers are a pile of pennies not a person. If he can get the placing of the stores right and try and recreate something of what they had I think he will be onto a winner . It just needs people to go in and support the stores. I know I would it reminds me of far happier days.
soozy13
25th Apr 2017
2
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Just what Alnwick needs to help the local population not everyone likes to pop into Newcastle for those little things you need
MaureenL89
25th Apr 2017
2
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I would love to see Woolworth back as I really miss the store
LinG
25th Apr 2017
1
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Woolworths are still around but online and. Appears to be doing OK. In the right format to fit into the high street yes bring it back...
Jenninora
24th Apr 2017
1
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Two much has changed in the retail world. It would be lost in the hubbub of the cheap type shopping which is everywhere on the high street nowadays. Unless they can outshine what is there at the present time.
Internet shopping is more popular than high street shopping with many nowadays. Especially the younger generation. Our generation does like browsing and the hand on the goods. Maybe Woolworths can include internet shopping as well as high street shops. Don't know.
Witneymum
24th Apr 2017
1
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Would love to have Woolies back. Miss the haberdashery- no one has anything like it these days!
iestynlad
24th Apr 2017
2
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Worked on Woolies record counter when I was 15 every Saturday. Bring back Woolies and bring back vinyl!
iestynlad
24th Apr 2017
1
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YES Pic n Mix Nuff said!
JoyInSutton
24th Apr 2017
0
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Do we really need Woolworths back? What gap would it fill on the High Street, am not really against but I don't see the point if it went into administration before.
E.sigley
24th Apr 2017
3
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Loved "Woollies" You could buy almost anything there. There hasn't been anything quote like it since. Be great to see it back again under the same type of structure
HelenJ7
24th Apr 2017
4
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Maesteg had nothing after Woolworths went we have Wilkos now but it's not quite the same would be good to have it back
LinG
25th Apr 2017
1
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When visiting my grandparents in Maesteg we always went to Woolworths....the pick and mix and the warm cashew nuts
Wizard
24th Apr 2017
1
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Really would be pleased to see Woolworths back really missed it
MaureenB3
24th Apr 2017
1
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Would love to see Woolies back on the High Street. Could always while away some spare time browsing. Loved the Ladybird clothes for the little ones.
JudithB26
24th Apr 2017
1
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I worked at Blackheath Woolies, in West Mids for over 20 years and had left by the time they closed. It was our local "anythingarian" shop, as you could get most anything in there. It's still missed, as it was an institution, like BHS, M&S Littlewoods etc...Poundland and Poundworld seem the nearest thing to a Woolworths these days.
Prosseco
24th Apr 2017
1
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I used to love woolworths, if you was after anything you could find it at woolworths. They had good children's clothes .
Lionel
24th Apr 2017
2
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Yes, Wilf, I agree with you. I liked Woolies but that was at a time when we went into town, to the High Street, to do our shopping. Then, there was no alternative. I rather fear if Woolies or C & A or any of the other now failed chains re-emerged, younger people would treat them as an industrial museum and expect to pay an entrance fee, look around without buying.

But, much as I dislike shopping online, it must be said the greater part of our people now do it. For me nothing beats looking at, handling and inspecting a product to be sure it's suitable for my needs before buying.

And, as someone said earlier, I don't know how Woollies would compete with the likes of Wilkinsons and other cheap jacks selling Chinese goods. Yet, without being facetious, maybe if they opened stores as an historical shopping exerience, charging an admission fee and selling goods off their displays it might be quite successful.

I visited Beamish yet again in the mid nineties. Went into their sweet shop and got chatting with the man behind the counter. He siad, on a good day they would sell the entire shop stock - people would buy all manner of old style sweets. Maybe this really is the way forward for Woollies.
Wilf
24th Apr 2017
2
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Love your comment about people treating them as Museums Lionel! yes you are probably right. the way things are moving so fast in 20 years time the high streets will just be full of bars, restaurants and estate agents. We will all shop online and drones will deliver everything...even if not 20 years definitely 40 years time-"The shape of things to come" It would be wonderful to see where all this is going!
adele11
24th Apr 2017
1
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It would be good to see them back.........what about in the old BHS stores ?
Macmay
24th Apr 2017
1
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Loved the ladybird clothes for the children, just their bits and pieces, I used to love raking round to see what was on sale.
Red admiral
24th Apr 2017
3
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Definitely. Woolworths were good value for money.
AnitaH3
24th Apr 2017
1
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Would definitely shop there again. Loved the shop.
Wilf
24th Apr 2017
2
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Great brand but I fear it has had its day. Many big stores are loosing out to internet shopping and I think Wollies would struggle.
04sw02
24th Apr 2017
1
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loved woolies would shop there again
MaureenC29
24th Apr 2017
1
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Would definitely shop there again
JuneAA
24th Apr 2017
2
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Loved Woolies, they seemed to sell everything that I needed and it was displayed in a logical order not like some stores today 🙂
Nannyshaw
24th Apr 2017
1
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Sadly too many years have passed now.scary didnt think it was nearly 10 years . Loved woolies at the time but sadly been now replaced . As everyone says picCertainly, in the most difficult moments of life we understand who are the real friends or the people who really love you . Unfortunately, most of the friendships abandon you and send you a "I love" but in reality do not read....
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Jenninora
24th Apr 2017
1
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I am not sure what to make of this blog. I have read it all and my sympathies where needed. Social media is not an ideal place to make close friends for needy situations, except on the odd occasion. But chatting on it is okay. And I liked Woolworths. Sorry to be so blas'e.
gel65
24th Apr 2017
3
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Sadly i believe Woolworths lost out as other shops were selling the same stuff they were selling, but would definately shop there again.
Billythequiche
24th Apr 2017
2
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Love to see it back but perhaps not on the High Street. Here in Rotherham there may not be enough footfall. There are plenty of ''mini malls'' and shopping centres where they might flourish.
sukiesue
24th Apr 2017
2
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I suppose it is a nostalgia thing really - we all grew up with Woolworths on the high street. We do have B&M Bargains, Wilkinsons, Poundstretcher and Poundshops all doing a similar thing to Woolies. As a mum to two children it was the shop I popped into for shoelaces, Ladybird clothes, haberdashery items. I also can remember they had a large section of chocolate and confectionery. With large supermarkets selling a wide range of goods, sadly I cannot see what market Woolworths would slot into if it came back onto the High Street.
MrsPat
24th Apr 2017
2
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Love it to come back but think it was a shop for the 20th Century not the 21st. With my shopping online on Morrison's and Tescos and Amazon I am not sure what I would go to Wollies for. I used to get the kids plastic toys and if they were with me get sweets but looking back it was not high quality. Mind you it was part of the great British High Street and I was sad when it went. Bit like loosing an old friend.
Jo Kingham
24th Apr 2017
3
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It was a sad day when Woolies went but it's gone and we've moved on! So much more shopping is done online these days. If I do go into my local town the Woolies was replaced on the same site with Wilkinsons who do pretty much the same stuff - including the pick n mix, so in some ways it feels like it's still there!
Marley444
24th Apr 2017
2
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I have to agree with you Jo. I do most of my shopping online and like you say, our local Woolies was replaced with something similar without the pic'a'mix though. I think in the 10 years that it has been closed we have all moved on quite happily. If I had young children though, I would miss Ladybird clothes the most!
Jo Kingham
24th Apr 2017
1
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Oh my ladybird clothes - that takes me back. They used to sell Chad Valley toys too didn't they - I noticed that brand is now stocked by Argos

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