Deathwatch: Alworths calls in the administrators
They called it the ‘Son Of Woolworths’ but sadly, it was a wheezing runt of a child and it’s already more or less dead. We speak of course of Alworths, launched by a former Woolworths executive in 2009 but now in administration.
Alworths had 17 stores around the country, many of which were in former Woolies stores and aped the Woolworths style by flogging a mixed bag of wares, including toys, gardening equipment and pick ‘n’ mix sweets. But, just like its more illustrious near-namesake, it’s all gone completely tits up.
The stores are remaining open while the administrator tries to find a buyer, and the 235 people employed by Alworths will be hoping that there’ll be a happy ending. Doesn’t seem likely though – unless someone out there is daft enough to take it on and launch the ‘Grandson Of Woolworths’