The unexpected return of rumors of one of the UK’s worst retailers has left the British very excited this morning.
A Twitter account claiming to be from Woolworth said the store was returning to High Street, and by the end of 2021 three trial lets toilets were open.
There was a flood of nostalgia, people were reminded of the famous Pick N mix and bought the top 40 singles on CD.
One shared a picture of his nametag in the 1990s and said he was’ ready to report for duty ‘and another said:’ As a former Wolverhampton PLC official, I am incredibly proud to see the name there again! How can I intervene ?! ‘
Yes, even Metro.co.uk was a whirlwind for a short time, but it raised doubts about the legitimacy of declaring a false link to a website on the account’s bio.
People started pointing out Twitter posts that mistyped ‘Woolsworths’ from the account, which added to the suspicion.
Others asked if there were any plans to make a comeback during an epidemic that plagued high streets up and down the country.
Very Group – which took over the trademark in 2015 – confirmed that the tweet was in no way connected with them, shattering people’s expectations for some good news this year.
Pick n Mix, famous for its sweets, children’s clothing, homeware, CDs and DVDs, came to power in 2008 after Wolworth incurred a $ 400 million debt. The last lets toilets in the UK closed in January 2009.
In an announcement this morning, the newly created Woolworth UK Twitter account said: ‘Here’s to saving 2020! Woolworth is back on your high street as a physical store!
‘There are a few legal things to adjust, but we are completely ahead at Woolworth headquarters. We want to get this right, so we need your help. What do you want in your UK # your Woolworths? ‘
A spokesman for The Very Group commented: ‘We have a Woolworth brand in the UK. The UK Wolworths Twitter account is not affiliated with The Very Group. ‘
Woolworth, once the main attraction of high streets across the country, collapsed between December 27, 2008 and January 6, 2009.
As many as 27,000 jobs were lost as 807 stores closed their doors after administrators struggled to find a buyer for Deloitte.
In 2009, the Littlewoods owner bought the shop direct trademark and sold it to customers online via Woolworths.com – but this was not the case for people with fond memories of the pick ‘n’ mix.
The retail gazette reports that the name was finally dropped in 2015 and Woolworths.com became Veri.com.
In April 2017, former Woolworth director Tony Page hinted that the brand would return to High Street.
He told the Daily Star: ‘I’m still emotionally attached to it. I still think it has a role to play in the future.
‘I contacted the shop director and said, “You no longer use the brand, would you consider giving it to someone you want?”
Mr Page said he would like to see Woolley brought back in a similar format but would see it placed ‘in the hearts of communities’ rather than large shopping centers.
The former Asda director tried to buy it as soon as the chain broke, and in the process even sold his house, but his $ 10 million offer was thwarted by Direct.
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