The Woolworths Museum

Left: East Grinstead one of 818 UK stores closed by Deloitte in 2009 42 days after going bust. The new owner Shop Direct (Very) Group took the brand on-line, but banned any reopening in the High Street. Centre: The Woolworth Building, once the world's tallest, survived 911 unscathed. Its top 30 floors have become become luxury apartments with awesome views across Manhattan. Right: Woolworth Augsburg 86150 Germany in 2002, since moved to Victoriastrasse. The chain survived administration. A white knight cut costs, re-established the founding principle of value, built a super-efficient supply chain, and has since doubled the chain to 620 German stores with 20 more in Poland and Austria. After acquiring the rights in 2024, the CEO Ronan Heini shared a pipe-dream that one day there will be 5,000 Woolworths across Europe including a return to the UK. Here's hoping!


Fall and Rise in the twenty-first century


Two Woolworth chains faced Administration in the Credit Crunch:
One was thrown off the High Street. The other was rejuvenated and aims to expand right across Europe. It may yet save its cousin.




2000s Overview


Death by Demerger


New values and a new direction


Visit a new-look Woolworths Out-of-Town, as it opened in 2005


Market Towns and City Centres


The Smaller Stores


Multi-Channel Retail


Wholesale & Media


WorthIt! Value Comeback


Launch of the Virtual Museum


Meet the team


The Lighter Side


Wooly & Worth


Collapse and Rescue


Biggest ever .. disaster