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Woolworths in Administration

Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:16 pm

What are everyone's views on this? It's a store that all of us have grown up with, and has been on the high street since 1909.

I don't shop there really myself, but I was in one just the other day and it really is everywhere...!

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Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:23 pm

I find this really sad, and to be honest, whilst most will blame it on the financial crisis I personally have felt for years that sooner or later high street firms will not be able to cope with competition online. If online companies can charge less due to only needing a single warehouse, of course people are going to go for the cheaper prices over an expensive, often busy and outstocked retailer.

This will be sad for me and many people, as I grew up looking for Christmas gifts in Woolies, plus in a town like Whitley Bay where I live, its the closest thing to the likes of HMV or a department store. It is sad, howvere I feel that such retail markets aren't going to last much longer anyway, unfortunately :(
 
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Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:25 pm

I feel slightly saddened by the news. It's certainly a store I've grew up with but even in my hometown, you can tell consumers have been opting for other stores over Woolworths.

Shows you how hard you can fall, even with the history Woolworth's had. It could never really sustain itself with other competitors and to be honest, the store doesn't actually have a huge brand image. Theres nothing really attracting people to buy there anymore, an awful situation being made worse by the current recession.
 
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Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:33 pm

I think Woolworth's mistake was trying to cover too many opportunities for their customers when they entered the store, and none of which were really that successful. To take an example - how many people buy music/dvd's/video games from Woolworths? I place my bets at very few, and thats because there are more specialised stores out there for that market, and Woolworth's could not compete. The same could be said for many other areas of the store.

Woolworth's should have remained the store you go to for pic'n'mix and mainstream toys.
 
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Re: Woolworth's in Administration.

Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:34 pm

I hate the place. Its changed over the years. All they seem to sell is rubbish. My dad loves the place for some reason!
 
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Re: Woolworth's in Administration.

Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:45 pm

Just ask yourself, what do you actually buy whenever you're in Woolworth's?

A beverage?

A bag/tube of sweets?

A writing pad?

I find you never buy more than 3 items in Woolworth's - I never see anyone buying more than 5 and most of the time they're either a drink or some kind of stationary. Never anything costing more than a quid or two.

It's a shame as it has been around for years but it's no surprise when there are other retailers that can offer the public much better products and deals like WHSmith, HMV and GAME.

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Re: Woolworth's in Administration.

Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:48 pm

Il be gutted! Its where I get my Milka!! And I love their pic and mix!

Il be quite sad if it goes :( Its always been there for me! Itl be weird if it goes!

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Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:09 pm

I goto Europa Park for my milka
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:12 am

Tesco sell plain Milka now don't they?

Its a shame that Daim Bar Milka seems to be exclusive to Europa/Germany :(
 
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Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:18 am

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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:01 am

Bad times! Poor old Wollies! You can always guarantee that no matter what town you happen to be at in the UK there is always a Wollies. I'm surprised it's stood the testament of time this long tbh though, for the same reason that Satch said really. Woolworths are in a nutshell miniature department stores, very much like a mini version of CO-OP etc. But there’s just no room to house the millions of brands that are easily available on the market and for that reason it's not really worthwhile.

I would think the main reason people actually purchase goods from woolies, and what’s kept it afloat for this long. Is random on the spot purchases, as opposed to planned purchases - if y'catch'm'drift! Anyway bad times... :cry:
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:14 pm

"stigzy" wrote:
Bad times! Poor old Wollies! You can always guarantee that no matter what town you happen to be at in the UK there is always a Wollies. I'm surprised it's stood the testament of time this long tbh though, for the same reason that Satch said really. Woolworths are in a nutshell miniature department stores, very much like a mini version of CO-OP etc. But there’s just no room to house the millions of brands that are easily available on the market and for that reason it's not really worthwhile.


Yeah not really "worthit!" is it.. :P

To be honest I'm impressed they've lasted as long as they have, I mean they try and do everything rather than stick to a single market and do it well. It'll be quite depressing when it finally closes, I grew up on Woolies stuff. Ahh well :(
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:12 pm

They were stuffed as shopping habits changed.

I just don't bother going into town any more. If I want stuff, I either order it online, or it's available in Tesco or Asda.

As it's a struggle for me to get to town after 5 (I usually park up about 5:15), and then have to pay £1.20 for parking until 6, I just don't see the point. I can go home, have tea, then pop to a supermarket at my leisure and not pay for parking any time during the evening.

I suspect that I'm not the only person who has changed their shopping habits like this.

I was actually in town for the first time in months yesterday (I don't have many days off where I don't have anything to do :lol: ).

I went to buy a jumper in M&S. The queue was about 8 people in front. One till down due to a card reader problem, so one open. Then a customer at the front had a problem, and the manager needed to be called, so she had to go and find them and all the tills were closed.

I just put the jumper back and left - I really couldn't be bothered wasting ten minutes of my life for it, when I could pick up a jumper almost as good, but for less, at Asda.

What I did notice was that M&S had a very busy coffee shop where they used to sell clothes. The place was packed - I assume with people tired of waiting to actually be served.

The point is, Wollies have a very diverse range of stuff, all of it can be got somewhere else, at better times and in more convenient places. Shopping habits have changed, and Woolies just didn't really get what was happening. Maybe if they had a coffee shop as well, they'd be able to retain some business? ;)
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Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:06 pm

The first of many casualtys, and about time!

Woolies was once at the forefront of innovation with its department stores for the normal working class.
Family run businesses that paid particular attention to detail.
Continuing the trend of everything in the world it went all corporate and treated it's customers like crap. They assumed we would be told what we wanted to buy and got rid of friendly assistants in favour of shelf stackers and middle managers who think they are gods gift.
It's back fired as the consumer has once again become king and started dictating back to the big stores.
Woolies was great up until the 90's and since then the internet has kicked i8n and they didn't use it to their advantage soon enough.
I'd like to see Wollies survive after eating a nice portion of humble pie and giving a stark warning to similar retailers.

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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:13 pm

The point is, Wollies have a very diverse range of stuff, all of it can be got somewhere else, at better times and in more convenient places. Shopping habits have changed, and Woolies just didn't really get what was happening. Maybe if they had a coffee shop as well, they'd be able to retain some business?


Watch Channel 4 at 10pm tonight for 8 out of 10 cats. Im going on the basis that they include it in the output edit but they ripped into Woolworth's for that exact reason and it was bloody hilarious!
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Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:22 pm

Woolies always had a Tea shop in their big stores. It was one of the first places where 'normal' people could go and have a cheap cup of tea.
Our Woolies still has a coffee shop.

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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:41 pm

"furie" wrote:
Maybe if they had a coffee shop as well, they'd be able to retain some business? ;)


The one in Grantham has a coffee shop. It's more dead than the rest of the store, because the food and drink it serves is not only absolute crap, but stale and overpriced.

So their attempts at café's aren't gonna save them.
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:46 pm

"Kaz" wrote:
The point is, Wollies have a very diverse range of stuff, all of it can be got somewhere else, at better times and in more convenient places. Shopping habits have changed, and Woolies just didn't really get what was happening. Maybe if they had a coffee shop as well, they'd be able to retain some business?


Watch Channel 4 at 10pm tonight for 8 out of 10 cats. Im going on the basis that they include it in the output edit but they ripped into Woolworth's for that exact reason and it was bloody hilarious!


They cut it out for broadcast :( Was really funny as well....
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:54 pm

Yeah, I was looking forward to that.

Well. Wasn't. But hey.
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