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.
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.