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Woolworths

In the 80s, Woolworths' ad campaign declared, "Everybody needs a Woolworths store these days," and in those days we did. Every high street had one, and off we'd trot with Mum and Dad on a Saturday morning, our pocket money clenched in our tiny, sweaty palms. Much like the US's Honest Eds, or a Wilkinson's of sorts, Woolies was the kind of store that had everything - "a last-resort store" I heard one person put it. From haberdashery to TVs, bean bags to birthday cardS, Play-doh and even Zodiac crisps (remember those?), it had it all. Better still, its name alone has always been enough to bring teenage memories flooding back. Hands up who bought their first hit single from Woolies? Or got a slap on the wrist for trying to nick the Pick 'n' Mix?


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Do You Remember Woolworths?

Do You Remember Woolworths?

  • Chaobaby7
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    Pick n mix and purple eye shadow in the 80s, used to shop at Woolies in Conwy and Llandudno until very recently when sady they closed. The High street hasn't been the same since, got my first ever pop single in Woolies,
  • FWWOOLWORTH
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    FW WOOLWORTHS should never have CLOSED the administrator DELOITE were a bunch of gormless ******* as that guy off dragons den wanted to buy woolies but they shut everything down as fast as they could the bloke never got a chance. WOOLWORTHS refuses to die i do beleave its presnt owners will open stores again one day as THATS THE WONDER OF WOOLWORTHS THATS THE WONDER OF GOOD OLD WOOLIES SO COME BACK PLEASE.
  • Anonymous user
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    They had an extremely lavish TV ad for the Christmas of '82, the theme being 'Have a Cracking Christmas'. It had a memorable music and employed a troupe of Cossack dancers, amongst others! I managed to bag a couple of bargains at their Aberdare branch in South Wales on their last day of trading at the end of '08, including a model TARDIS and Christmas presents formy cousins. I loved Woolies, it's already sadly missed.
  • Anonymous user
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    Sad Woolworths went it was part of the british(although it was american) culture, if you couldn't find somthing you could always find it at Wooleys, they even opened a woolco was that anything to do with woolworths?
  • Aura
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    You should see the one in Salisbury, their roof leakes water and it looks dark and cold. I can still recall as a little girl when they used to sell meat under the counter and electronic organs (not body parts). They also had a garden centre.
  • Anonymous user
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    Ive visited quite a few towns since the demise of this much loved store. Passing through all these towns high streets, i am always saddened to see the large,dominent,friendly and familiar signs sat above what is now a, neglected, empty, covered up throw away victim of the ever increasing internet shopping sites and the outskirts of town Supermarkets, that sell everything from goceries to travel insurence. These two consumer outlets are responsable for the death of the high street.Bring back woolies, Bring back the small tradesman, Bring back the corner shop and you'll bring back a sense of community spirit and a glimmer of hope!
  • Anonymous user
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    Can't believe that an established institution like Woolworths has folded up, everybody has memories of woolies, the smell in the shop, the pick n' mix, even just the shop itself, it was just unique, a solid, friendly face in the high street, now in the history books. A sad comment on modern day Britain.
  • Anonymous user
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    I am really going to miss woolies, its part of our childhood gone. Very sad