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