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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:25 am

Eurgh, Woolworths is like the sleazy whore of shops.

You only go in there once and you pick up something nasty.

*bows*
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:32 am

"ShootTheCore" wrote:
Eurgh, Woolworths is like the sleazy whore of shops.

You only go in there once and you pick up something nasty.

*bows*


I bought a shirt in there today...

So yeah, thanks for that thought...

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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:31 pm

Do we actually know for certain they are closing all their stores?

I though the chain was good up until about 3/4 years ago. They're struggling a bit now and have sort of become a "bargain basement" sort of store as far as the stuff it sells is concerned, however with expensive prices!

I remember in 2002/3 they opened up a "Big W" in Newport where I lived at the time and I thought at this point the chain as a whole was quite strong, but this didn't really last as times changed and they ended up closing all these larger stores, shame really.

The thing that always got me was they were always a bit of a rip off.
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:19 pm

its a shame all them staff will loose their jobs. i think like many others said woolies got lost when they tried selling too much. when i go in a store i tend to find them cramed full of useless junk and to be fair most things a little over priced.... example i use a lot of recordable dvds. my local woolies sold 25 for 7.99! asda 50 for 10.00 or even better get on the net play.com do 100 for 11.99! also with their games etc all tend to be over priced and never get reduced so you really begin to understand why they are going under.
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:05 pm

"CoasterCrazyChris" wrote:

I remember in 2002/3 they opened up a "Big W" in Newport where I lived at the time and I thought at this point the chain as a whole was quite strong, but this didn't really last as times changed and they ended up closing all these larger stores, shame really.


That Big W store was very good when it first opened, there were some real bargains to be had and some unique finds.
Unfortunatly this was around the same time that other big supermarkets were expanding to sell the same sort of items and I guess Woolies couln't match them on price. That store Chris has since been split in half, the purpose built garden centre never actually opened and the half now occupied by Woolies is bare and messy.
I guess someone will buy them out and give it another go. Alan Sugar not long ago bought a large shareholding.

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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:59 pm

Hopefully if a new company takes over the chain, we could see some changes for the better. Although I wouldn't want to see the chain differ too much, although obviously it needs to up its game to survive, and really focus on becoming a quality company again.
I always remember them being the best places to go for confectionery etc, and at seasonal times of the year (xmas, easter) for eggs and selection boxes, they always had the best range and some exclusive products. But they were almost always overpriced and their range hasn't been as good recently.
I think its just a case of them needing to be more up to date and focus again on particular areas of goods, rather than just selling the whole range of stuff and not getting it right.
Although, on the positive side, if they do close there will be some bargains to be had on the run up to xmas. :D
However it will put a strain on other retailers and of course there's the job loss issue.
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:34 pm

Im gutted there closing.. every friday when me and my mum went up town after school/work we had a mcdonalds.. went to woolies, got some stuff, sweets, choc, coke, lottery, scratch cards, cards, presents everyything then went home to watch Simpsons, robot wars, eastenders and then have cup of tea and biscuits (yes dunking!) and watch a movie.. till it was bed time and i moaned like hell to stay up later as there wasnt school the next morning! (Did this till i was 16. - JOKE lmao!!) but good few years anyway....

Gutted Woolies is closing down...

Got a Uni mate who works at the worcester woolies... and he says they had a deleivery with only 10% the stuff they normal get on a normal day - let alone what they SHOULD get for Xmas... they don't do Phone cards, if the Pick n Mix runs out thats it... dont do lottery no more... if any games console games run out thats it.... it looks like they are closing in the new year after xmas sales...
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:53 pm

seems like the woolworths Site ~(Not Woolworths group site mind) has been offline since Thursdayish. I'm thinking it won't be coming back either.

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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:26 pm

"Corkscrewed" wrote:
seems like the woolworths Site ~(Not Woolworths group site mind) has been offline since Thursdayish. I'm thinking it won't be coming back either.

:D


Nope, it definately won't be back (well as long as the company is in trouble that is), BBC News were reporting that the online side of the business was shut down when the company went into administration.

It's a massive shame IMO. Over recent years we've seen the company being run down into the ground. A few shops (like the one in Hanley) were given nice modern makeovers, but most are a dingy aladdin's cave of whatnots and whoseits.

That's the problem. They can't decide what they are anymore. Are they an entertainment retailer, a sweet shop, a kids clothes retailer, a toy shop, a homeware shop?

They've got an identity crisis. With more specialist shops in the highstreet and large out of town supermarkets being able to under cut them on prices, as well as the interweb thingymajig, they just can't function as they are anymore.

It's reported today that Theo Paphitis is going to bid for the business, and I hope he succeeds. He's been brilliant for other retail chains like Ryman, Partners and La Senza bringing them from the brink of shutting up shop.

Retail is detail - and I think Woolies have never quite grasped that with their mishmash of products.
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:29 pm

Just to steal the Limelight from Woolies, Guess whos gone under now...

[url=http://www.mfi.co.uk/" target="_blank]http://www.mfi.co.uk/[/url]

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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:48 pm

"Corkscrewed" wrote:
Just to steal the Limelight from Woolies, Guess whos gone under now...

[url=http://www.mfi.co.uk/" target="_blank]http://www.mfi.co.uk/[/url]

:roll:


That was happening at the same time as the Woolworths problems surfaced. My local mfi has been selling literally everything off - customers have been going in with drills and removing fittings and fixtures off the walls. A £600 sofa went for £60 the other day.

No company is trying to steal the limelight from another when it comes to going into administration. It's something that no company wants, so I don't see where your "stealing the limelight" comment comes from really. :?
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:55 pm

My attempt at being funny, I tend to be like that :)

But no, It's not the greatest situation for any company, I'm aware that MFI have been having the same troubles as woolworths of late, which is quite sad really. It's always been a fairly good, with some really, Really nice furniture, I personally see it as a sadder loss than Woollies, As it did seem to know where it was going. Such a shame :(

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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:20 pm

MFI went into administration before Woolworths.

...and to think my parents almost bought a kitchen with them in September.
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:33 pm

There's now talk of GameStop bidding for half of Woolworths' stores.

If you didn't know already, GameStop is an American games retailer similar to Game. They attempted to break into the UK a couple of years ago by buying GameStation but Game beat them to it.

They already have a handful of shops in the UK, but by buying half of Woolworths' shops it'd put them ahead of Game in terms of the amount of shops they have in the UK.

I'm all for this personally, Game have a clear stranglehold on the high street and it'd add some much needed competition imo.

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Other companies trying to buy Woolies include Asda, Tesco & Dragon Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:29 pm

Theo Paphitis pulled out due to the terms of sale the administrators were requesting.
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:21 pm

50% off :shock:! Apparently the woolies up in Stoke yesturday was rammed to the rafters. Shall check out my local store later, see what bargains are to be had!

I'm unsure what to make of Tesco or Asda bidding for woolies! Could be a good thing, Tesco : Digital, Asda Express... Or a really bad thing I think! Be interesting to see what happens!
 
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:32 pm

I'd quite like GameStop too get it.
The only specialist game shops there really is on the high street are Game and Gamestation, and both of them are owned by Game.
It'll do good to see some more competition.
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:09 pm

"stigzy" wrote:
50% off :shock:! Apparently the woolies up in Stoke yesturday was rammed to the rafters. Shall check out my local store later, see what bargains are to be had!

I'm unsure what to make of Tesco or Asda bidding for woolies! Could be a good thing, Tesco : Digital, Asda Express... Or a really bad thing I think! Be interesting to see what happens!


It's up to 50% off, and pretty much the only things which are actually 50% off are Chocolate Oranges and Birthday cards. Everything else is 10 or 20%, if you're lucky - particularly Music, Video, games etc.
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:32 pm

Woolworths In Hanley S-o-T was rammed today with people apparently, me sister didn't even attempt to go in and mum went in and bought a clock and some other stuff. Though it might of just been a clock? :P.

Don't know how the other 3+ in the city got on, i didn't even know they were doing some massive sale (if there was one?)
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Re: Woolworths in Administration

Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:27 pm

I went in Woolies the other day and felt awful. It was like Grave robbing!
Knowing this companys probably going down the pan and the staff are going through very uncertain times while the rest of us are just after a good bargain.
Needless to say the place was full of tatt so I didn't buy anything. :P

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