Would you like to see Woolworths return to the high street?

Woolworths in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Steve Parsons

Woolworths in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Steve Parsons - Credit: Eastern Daily Press Archant

The internet is currently alight with the rumour that Woolworths and its iconic pick 'n' mix stand could return to the high street.

The Norwich Riverside Woolworths store. Photo: Simon Finlay

The Norwich Riverside Woolworths store. Photo: Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant � 2008

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

Originally founded in the USA, Woolworths was a British high street favourite for years before administrators were called in 2008 after 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.

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

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

Mr Page recently revealed his continued love for the brand to The Daily Star, he said: 'I feel as though if the brand name was available it would still be a possibility to bring it back.

'I would want it to be much more a part of the community. The stores that really used to do well were those that were at the heart of the community, rather than being in the big shopping centres.'


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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, but would you want to see the shop return to the high street?

Fakenham town centre. Pictured: the empty Woolworths shop on the Market Place.
PHOTO: IAN BURT

Fakenham town centre. Pictured: the empty Woolworths shop on the Market Place. PHOTO: IAN BURT - Credit: IAN BURT

Share your Woolworths memories and thoughts on its possible comeback in the comments below, or email courtney.pochin@archant.co.uk

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