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Woolworth's To Close All Stores In The UK  
User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7629 times:

Just saw this on Sky News.

This will hit the UK economy hard. Not the thing that was expected, especially as a start of the New Year. 27,000 jobs to be lost. Very sad to see. I guess a sign of the times.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Bus...o_Close_With_Loss_Of_27%2C000_Jobs


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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7623 times:



Quoting EWRCabincrew (Thread starter):
This will hit the UK economy hard. Not the thing that was expected, especially as a start of the New Year. 27,000 jobs to be lost. Very sad to see. I guess a sign of the times.

I believe we lost our last Woolworth's in 1997 in the states and it was the loss of a grand old institution. Many of the stores were downtown and one of the pleasures for me was when mother would take us to the lunch counter. I never eat Spanish peanuts without thinking about going to Woolworths as a little kid. They were the least expensive goodies they had.

I think you may agree as my old man used to say "Progress was a good thing but it's gone too far."


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7557 times:



Quoting EWRCabincrew (Thread starter):
will hit the UK economy hard.

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Woolworth never made it into Switzerland, whenever being present in Germany and known as low-price/low-quality chain. I for the first time met the chain in London in 1972 and appreciated its non-expensive stationary which I as a language-student was in need of. There were some other things which I found attractive, but overall I think that Woolworth UK simply was no match for the British chains, and so, this present move is a kind of surrender. Our British friends will witness over the coming months which stores are taken over by which chain. As usual, it will hit one area/community very hard with no one taking over and other ones almost not at all with facilities taken over within a short time. The same for the personnel. In affluent areas, the employees will have their new employment even before being out of Woolworth and in less splendid areas they will be in trouble. As usual it will hit the socially weak persons and communities again. But this is the unpleasant face of free entreprise.


User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7556 times:



Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 2):
But this is the unpleasant face of free entreprise.

It's very good at sorting out winners and losers but some people seem to think that is the only valid yardstick. It's a one dimensional view in my opinion.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13184 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7539 times:

Terrible news for the workers, at this time too.
However, I doubt it is, aside from the extra unemployed, a real hit to the UK economy.
It was long a failing business, very badly run.
Question - when did any UK members last actually buy anything there? And how much did you spend?

Today, I avoided the usual messy chaos of the Woolworths in Hounslow, going instead to get what I was after in Wilkinsons, who just happen to have a similar product line usually a lot cheaper.
Then all those CD's and DVD's at lower prices in supermarkets.
Woolworths apparently had a supply arm with provided stock to their rivals who sold at a lower price and usually in a lot less confused layout.


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7517 times:



Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 2):
Woolworth never made it into Switzerland, whenever being present in Germany and known as low-price/low-quality chain. I for the first time met the chain in London in 1972 and appreciated its non-expensive stationary which I as a language-student was in need of.

I remember having gone to Woolworth in Hamburg on more than one occasion as a kid. We always went to the one at the Fuhlsbüttler Straße, but after a few years, they disappeared completely.


User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7517 times:

A sad day for the British high street, and bad news for at least one Anet photographer who works for Woolies.



Matt



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13184 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7515 times:

My commiserations to that Air Net member.

What I find hard to understand is just how badly run they had to be, so that they never seemed to capitalize on the long high street boom that lasted until effectively a few months ago.
I remember reading/hearing reports about the parlous state of the business going back some years.


User currently offlineSv7887 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1025 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7497 times:

What a shame..

I used to buy all sorts of stuff at Woolworths when I was in the UK. It's a sign of the times unfortunately. It was a good place for a college kid on a budget...


User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7498 times:

It is sad to see Woolworth's go, but after years of mismanagement, a slap-dash mishmash of cheap and nasty products and shabby stores, I don't think it's exactly surprising.

Everything you could buy in Woolies you could get cheaper or better elsewhere - and for a nicer consumer experience. Except, maybe, the pick and mix sweets and mini cans of Coke.

I do feel bad for their employees though. It couldn't all have come at a worse time.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 5):
We always went to the one at the Fuhlsbüttler Straße, but after a few years, they disappeared completely.

Holy macaroni! That one's still there - I saw it last time I went to HAM in August Big grin

I'm actually flying over there tomorrow so I'll report back! I should be going past it on the 142 bus from the airport.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13985 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7484 times:



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 5):
Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 2):
Woolworth never made it into Switzerland, whenever being present in Germany and known as low-price/low-quality chain. I for the first time met the chain in London in 1972 and appreciated its non-expensive stationary which I as a language-student was in need of.

I remember having gone to Woolworth in Hamburg on more than one occasion as a kid. We always went to the one at the Fuhlsbüttler Straße, but after a few years, they disappeared completely.

When I was a boy, the Woolworth shop in Berlin we regularly went to still had quality stuff, but over the last decade they totally degraded to Made-In-China junk outlets.

Jan


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7480 times:



Quoting Metroliner (Reply 9):
That one's still there - I saw it last time I went to HAM in August

Still there? Damn, I thought they disappeared just like (the original) Hertie disappeared from the Fuhle.


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7453 times:



Quoting GDB (Reply 4):
I avoided the usual messy chaos of the Woolworths in Hounslow, going instead to get what I was after in Wilkinsons, who just happen to have a similar product line usually a lot cheaper.

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THIS already was my impression back in 1972. They simply forgot about the competition. When they arrived in Europe after WW-II, most of Europe was dominated by "Aunt-Emma-shops" with "personal " service etc. In Switzerland, a Mister Duttweiler had started Migros, in fact done after some things he had seen in the USA while working there in the 1920ies ! But in the later 1950ies and the 1960ies, things changed all over Western Europe and Woolworth apparently failed to notice

Quoting Sv7887 (Reply 8):
to buy all sorts of stuff at Woolworths when I was in the UK. It's a sign of the times unfortunately. It was a good place for a college kid on a budget...


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Just as it was a good place for a language student depending on the weekly money transfer of daddy back home. The DEcreasing value of the Pound was in MY favour, the INcreasing love for good eating however to my DISfavour !

Quoting Metroliner (Reply 9):
and shabby stores

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and THIS already was so in 1972 --- and apparently never changed !


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26902 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7449 times:

Sad for the workers but Woollies never kept up with the times and paid the price. I cant remember the last time I went to a Woolworths store. That was what the problem was , many said the same.

User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7443 times:

Where are people gonna pinch from the pick and mix now then?  Sad


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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7416 times:



Quoting GDB (Reply 4):
Question - when did any UK members last actually buy anything there? And how much did you spend?

A few weeks ago, I bought a Turkish Delight bar, so I'm guessing I spent about 50p!



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7406 times:

My Mum worked in Woolies in Redhill when I was a toddler back in the easrly 1950's. The stores didn't change much until about 10-15 years ago and then it was far too late to compete.

But I'll miss them. In the Isle of Man we bought a lot of stuff there, but then the competition wasn't there either.

Ah well, progress I guess, and a capitalist economy.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineItsonlyme From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7384 times:



Quoting GDB (Reply 4):
Today, I avoided the usual messy chaos of the Woolworths in Hounslow, going instead to get what I was after in Wilkinsons, who just happen to have a similar product line usually a lot cheaper.
Then all those CD's and DVD's at lower prices in supermarkets.
Woolworths apparently had a supply arm with provided stock to their rivals who sold at a lower price and usually in a lot less confused layout.

Lol, another hounslow shopper here! Although only when i have to! I actually went into woolies last week to buy a few bits and pieces for xmas gifts. I agree with the consesus that they basically failed to keep up, shabby stores etc. I wonder who will come in for their high street retail space.

Just the way things are at the moment. Im in the process of trying to get money back from MFI!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26902 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7306 times:



Quoting Itsonlyme (Reply 17):
Lol, another hounslow shopper here!

LOL.... The Treaty Center , I remember it well. Thats the Woolworths I used to go to.


User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7298 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):

Same here! At least until a couple of years ago when I moved away from the area.

When I moved in to a new flat a few months ago we didn't buy a thing from Woolies, but spent a fair amount in Wilkies and B&Q on small furnishing items and minor DIY items, it seems that the growth of Wilkinsons and their cheaper prices really hit Woolworths hard, and as far as DVD's and CD's are concerned we can get it all either as MP3s or from play.com etc.

I don't see Woolworths being the last big name to go, you would think that WHSmiths would be vulnerable but their Post Office outlets give them some leverage with the government I would imagine.



Matt



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User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7298 times:

The one in Taunton was actually a pretty nice store.... to look at.
Never bought anything there though as there assortment was ... well rubbish. Nothing useful.

In Germany Woolies are much worse and in trouble as well. In my hometown the Woolie store is inside a 1970s concrete nightmare which hasn't changed since then. We always said the store hast cheap and rubbish items for immigrants and "Sozialhilfeempfänger" who had to buy the rubbish as they couldn't afford more.

The UK stores were much, much better. Still, though, not competitive.

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineFLVILLA From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 394 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7286 times:

Shame to see such a long lasting brand disappear from the High Street. But at the same time the writings been on the wall for a while now and its business model was just not going to cut it.

I also see other chains like WH Smiths in trouble in the not too distant future to be honest, at the end of the day whats their USP ? There's simply nothing in there i can't get at Tesco (same goes for woolies) and for a cheaper price along with all my other goods. Hence why the non-food sections at the supermarket chains have grown immensly.

I do worry in part about M&S too, only slightly though as I do think that when things do pick up again, which they eventually will, then they'll bounce back.



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User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7248 times:

Meanwhile in Aus:
http://business.smh.com.au/business/...er-sales-growth-20081021-5524.html
Woolworths, Australia's largest supermarket chain, saw sales growth accelerate to 9.6% in the first quarter as food and liquor sales withstood slower consumer demand, and it maintained its full-year sales outlook.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/busine...lity/2007/07/10/1183833518325.html
Gives Woolies at 29 per cent against 23 per cent for Coles.

Then again, we ARE upside down.


User currently offlineOhTheDrama747 From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days ago) and read 7225 times:



Quoting GDB (Reply 4):
Question - when did any UK members last actually buy anything there? And how much did you spend?

Do you know, I can't actually remember. Probably a pick'n'mix! I mean really that's all Woolies was good for. Their music and films were horribly overpriced compared to the supermarkets and Amazon etc.

Although it is a great loss it has been a long time coming. I'm more concerned about the 29,000 or so that will be out of work. I do wish them all the best for 2009, even though it's not going to be the greatest of starts.

G


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7202 times:



Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 16):
a capitalist economy.

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a capitalist economy only made the emergence of Woolworth possible. When the founder, Mr Woolworth, was not allowed to build his planned skyscraper in his native Philadelphia and had to move over to New York, where he built the famous Woolworth-Building and started his business seriously
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http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/8403/slide200409123375woolwosw9.jpg


25 Skidmarks : The other place I remember Woolies vividly was Happy Valley, Goose Bay in Canada. I bought my two small sons a couple of toy cars just to say I'd been
26 RobertNL070 : Exactly. Even in well-healed Beaconsfield - where my mother lives - Woollies is/was a shabby little emporium with a shabby assortment of goods. Woolw
27 Post contains links Shamrock350 : In Harrow there are three stores, the biggest is in the St Georges shopping center which is usually quite busy but a lot of it's customers come from t
28 IH8BY : Here in Durham, Woolworths is actually one of the larger stores; compared to the other Woolworths stores I've seen in the UK, it's actually usually pr
29 David L : My thoughts exactly when I heard the news. Many, many years ago I was a regular there, buying Pick 'n Mix (obviously) and shoe polish, etc. However,
30 Egmcman : As you asked GDB mid October about £3. Like you I avoid going unless I can think of any other shop that sells what I need. The on line sellers can b
31 Oa260 : Yep MFI gone now also and Land of Leather to follow ..
32 David L : Ah well, that should help Ann Summers.
33 FlyingClrs727 : In the US they already completely surrnedered. They were in bethind Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and others in their market segement and had no possibility of e
34 A332 : Wow... I wasn't aware the Woolworth brand was still alive overseas! In Canada, Woolworth shut it's doors about 15 years ago, the majority of the store
35 Oa260 : One thing that is good is the sales in the stores now. I have bagged a few bargains. Sony HD 40'' Bravia TV . Was GBP899 and I got it for GBP547 . HD
36 Soups : Walked into my local woolies, 70% empty. 50% or more off everything. just stocked up on chocolate and few drinks for my office. offered 2 members of s
37 Oa260 : Good for you !! Well done. Very nice gesture.
38 ME AVN FAN : - compliments ! hope it is good for both sides.
39 Egmcman : That´s nice did you approach them or did they strike up a conversation with you?
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