Take a trip down memory lane with these Woolworths photos

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Woolworths in Rampant Horse Street. Woolworths moved out into new premises in St

Norwich Buildings Woolworths in Rampant Horse Street. Woolworths moved out into new premises in St. Stephens in the late 1980s and is and was then and presently (2002) occupied by Marks & Spencers. Photo dated 7 January, 1986 Photograph -- C2529. Photo: Archant Library

As the possibility of Woolworths returning to the high street continues to float around the internet, we take a look back at some of the former stores across the county...

Woolworths storefront. Photo: Archant Library.

Woolworths storefront. Photo: Archant Library. - Credit: Archant

Originally founded in the USA, Woolworths was a British high street favourite for years before administrators were called in 2008 as the company racked up around £400 million worth of debt.

Roughly 27,000 jobs were lost at the time of its collapse and some 800 stores were closed.

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Woolworths, Magdalen Street. Ceased trading on 13th September 1975
Dated 8th S

Norwich Buildings Woolworths, Magdalen Street. Ceased trading on 13th September 1975 Dated 8th September, 1975 Photograph -- C2523 Photo: Archant Library

Many will have strong memories of the chain - for some their local store may have been where they purchased their first CD or video tape.

Last month the internet was ablaze with rumours that Woolworths and its iconic pick 'n' mix stand could return to the high street.

Kings Lynn Woolworths xmas shopping pic taken 29th nov 1974. Photo: Archant Library

Kings Lynn Woolworths xmas shopping pic taken 29th nov 1974. Photo: Archant Library


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This was thanks to Tony Page, a former Managing Director of the chain who reportedly approached the brand's owner, Shop Direct, to discuss taking it on.

We asked readers if they'd like to see the store return to the high street and this is what they had to say...

Dereham - Woolworths store. Photo: Archant Library

Dereham - Woolworths store. Photo: Archant Library

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Gemma Ginn was unsure about the idea, she said: 'As much as Woolies was an institution, the gap it left was quickly filled by B&M, Home Bargains, Wilkinsons and big supermarkets - who killed a lot of the high street in the first place. I can't see them selling anything drastically different to the others.'

Lesley Woodhouse was of a similar opinion: 'Even though I worked for Woolies for 15 happy years, I don't think it could return now.

The Dereham Woolworths store in the late 1960's. Photo: Archant Library.

The Dereham Woolworths store in the late 1960's. Photo: Archant Library. - Credit: �Archant Photographic 2008

'The market today is very different to then, unfortunately I think the Woolworths we remember will remain just that - a memory.'

Gillian Shipley however was all for its return, she said: 'Yes their school uniforms and selection of school shoes were good.

A police officer outside Woolworths in King's Lynn.
Date: 24 March 1994
Soucre: Library

A police officer outside Woolworths in King's Lynn. Date: 24 March 1994 Soucre: Library

'I think now BHS has gone Woolies could work and new job opportunities are always a bonus too.'

• What do you think? Would you like to see Woolworths make a comeback? Let us know in the comments below.

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