Woolworths, the high street chain that just won't die

2 January 2009

Woolworths should have already been led around the back of the stables and shot through the brain with a bolt gun, but it's not going to happen just. Administrators Deloitte have cited the fact that many shops are still carrying excess stock, and so the closure of the last 400 stores has been delayed by a day; 200 will now close on Saturday and the final 200 will shut for good on Tuesday.

Anybody who has walked the arid wastelands of their local Woolies will wonder just how much more stock they're likely to shift, given that everything left is either a) overpriced crap never likely to sell and endemic of Woolies' woes and/or b) is still overpriced, despite the need for the administrators to raise as much cash as possible. Yes, you're still able to pick up DVDs and CDs cheaper in sales elsewhere than in Woolworths, which speaks volumes about the predicament the business finds itself in.

Deliotte have also cited the logistics of closing down operations as requiring an additional day, but whether their desire to sell the tattered stock will add up after staff at the 400 stores have been paid, who knows.

TOPICS:   High Street News

14 comments

  • Andrew D.
    I actually got some great deals on CDs at Woolworths, Portrack Lane, Stockton. With 70% off I can't see that anywhere else will have been much lower.
  • ODB
    some stuff is way cheaper than anywhere but like said...some stuff is STILL overpriced... prob is most of the stuff left is tat anyway! got a bargain in the Stafford branch the other week but its now shut or I might have risked another trip up there
  • fwiw
    I guess there are staff and other costs involved in any event, of clearing any remaining stock from the stores, so they may as well keep the stores open another day and try to get the public to take it away at a heavy discount.
  • Fuk s.
    The stores look like a fucking jumble sale, just shite stuff no one wants. Close the doors give the poor staff a paid day off and die gracefully :(.......................ITS OVER face it
  • LIZARD
    was in the norwich store the other day and all they seem to have is toasters, toasters and more toasters.
  • Geoff
    @ Paul Smith Are you for real? are you just bored on your over extended school holidays? People who understand English tradition, values and English consumerism will know that Woolies has been a staple of the Great British nation since the early 1900's. Regardless of whether its costing Woolies more or less to keep the stores open is none of your concern...and if you don't like the damn shop why the hell do you go in there? Would you sit there and watch a tv show, or listen to music, or read a book you didn't like and KEEP doing it just to make pointless comments to a mass market that, on the whole are quite sad to see some history ripped out of pretty much every town and city up and down the country. I went in to my local Woolies yesterday and bought, amongst other things, a small rubber brain for 10p, it was a bargain and useful on so many levels, but I think I would probably be better giving it to you, it will atleast double your IQ and logic when writing garbage posts
  • Jauffre
    Geoff, Shut it you tramp. Stop getting so emotional over your beloved Woolworths who don't give a toss about the average worker. Pointless patriotic nostalgia is nauseating.
  • MBeeching
    I popped in on Sat to enquire what/if they had any 360 games left. The assistant retrieved a dozen from behind the counter so I queried how much Ninja Gaiden II and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith were. I couldn't believe my ears when they told me the price including the discount! £19.99 for NG and £21.49 for GH: Aerosmith. Since when has GH: Aerosmith ever retailed at £42.99 without the guitar, lol.
  • Paul S.
    @Geoff Ah Geoff, God bless you. A small rubber brain indeed. Good luck with that.
  • Andy D.
    @Geoff "People who understand English tradition, values and English consumerism will know that Woolies has been a staple of the Great British nation since the early 1900’s." So were golliwogs on jam jars Geoff, so were golliwogs on jam jars...
  • Andre
    @Andy You bloody racist :P But he probably still does wonder why they got rid of them... However i went into one woolies on the last day and got over 40 dvd titles for 20p a title...you cant go wrong! So we took a trip over to the village one, and brought a few other bits including a samsung digital microwave for a fiver...a fiver i tell you!
  • LIZARD
    @GEOFF THE 10P RUBBER BRAIN WAS PROBABLY YOUR BEST EVER PURCHASE. I MEAN IT TAKES A LOT OF BRAIN CELLS TO WRITE WHAT YOU DID SO I TAKE IT THE RUBBER ONE HELPED YOU OUT. AND ON ANOTHER POINT IM NOT ON SCHOOL HOLIDAY IM A HARD WORKING ENGLISH MAN WHICH HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY WOOLWORTHS CLOSING SO IM GOING TO BE VERY POLITE WITH WHAT I HAVE TO SAY TO YOU. FUCK OFF.
  • darren
    I have said it many times and in a previous thread, I have to agree with GEOFF it has been part of our TRADITION, VALUES and part of our GREAT BRITISH nation. But times change, people move on and business has to change with the times and unfortunately Woolworths just didnt keep up!! There was a documentary on BBC4 a few weeks back about retail and the giants that shaped the retail experience today... the 2 giants where Selfridge's and woolworth's. SELFRIDGES - because it got women out shopping and provided Female Bathrooms to entice them to shop all day WOOLWORTHS Because it opened Cafe's inside the shops - People thought it was Madness!!! but now look, Selfridges became very Niche offering luxury goods and became desirable. Woolworths, well it still had its cafe's, and cheap nasty items!! We had the discussion the other day, If I was shopping, would I honestly think Woolworths for Toys, DVD's, CD's etc.... No, I only found out a few weeks ago you could actually book holidays through Woolworths. But GEOFF, good news, they are keeping a 125 stores open under the woolworths brand WORTHIT! stores... but honestly, is it really WORTH IT??
  • moss
    woolies is great i do my chrismas shopping there and even if i dont buy any thing its still fun to wander round

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