Woolworths could return to our high streets

Former boss plots shock comeback

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One of Britain's most iconic retailers – famed for its pick 'n' mix – could be set for a shock return.

Retail giant Woolworths could be making a comeback almost a decade after closing its doors nationwide, according to reports.

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The store was a high street favourite for decades, before it closed after racking up debts of around £400 million.

The chain had been due to celebrate its 100 anniversary when it called in administrators in 2008.

Some 800 stores were closed and 27,000 employees made redundant as a result of the retailer's demise.

But we could soon see it back on our streets, as former brand director Tony Page revealed he has approached brand owner Shop Direct to buy the name back

He told The Daily Star : "I am still emotionally attached to it. I still think it has got a role in the future.

"I have contacted Shop Direct and said 'you're not using the brand anymore, would you consider giving it to someone who would?'"

"They have taken the website down, so I'm curious now as to what might happen next because I still think the brand has got some propriety in spite of what happened in the past.

"I feel as though if the brand name was available it would still be a possibility to bring it back (to our high streets).

"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.

"It is much easier to walk down the road than order on Amazon."

Originally founded in the USA, Woolworths opened its first UK branch in Liverpool in 1909.

"It was a huge disappointment when Woolies closed," Tony added.

"People had worked there for decades, and for them they had lost their careers, jobs and their livelihoods.

"It was traumatic, without a shadow of a doubt."

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