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The Wonder of… B&M? Which Store Chains Have The Old Woolies Magic?

An Ashton Review of Shops Extra report

In what has been yet another cheerless week thanks to That Pandemic, there was a rumour on Twitter that 2020 would have been saved by the return of an iconic store chain. Local and national newspapers picked up on it, in the vain hope its return would reenergise the High Street. The return of Woolworth to our High Street would have been a neat Christmas present.

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The Wonder of Warrington Street: Looking Back at Woolworths

Our much missed variety store and, for many, the last word in pick and mix, children’s clothing and cheap video tapes.

The 02 January 2009 marked the end of an era in UK’s retail history, with the closure of Britain’s last Woolworths stores. In Tameside, its remaining branches in Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde closed their doors for good. By the end of 2009, they became Poundland and Poundstretcher Extra discount stores respectively. The former retailer is famed for its single price strategy as its name suggests. Both have a variety of items within their stores which wouldn’t have been out of place in a typical UK Woolworths store. Likewise with Wilkinson’s Ashton, Droylsden and Hyde stores, and the Bargain Buys store in Ashton, which opened on the 06 December 2013.

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