About a fortnight ago I went across to see Hunger in the
Yorkgate Cityside Moviehouse. And on the way out, I called in the Big W. For old times’ sake! After all, the doors could be closing for the last time soon.
The atmosphere inside the store was funereal, with part of the store’s enormous floor space already cordoned off, and staff joylessly stacking the shelves. It was as if an enormous ball of tumbleweed would soon blow in through the sliding doors and up the aisle.
Woolworths moved out of the Belfast City Centre about four years ago. And it was missed. Where else could you get a cheap tool, buy a cheap bulb, find a cheap tea pot, and rot your teeth on a budget. Now you need to go to four different shops to do all those things.
Where else could you find a remote-controlled flipping rat?
But the signs aren’t good ...
... with the Administrator Deloitte signalling this evening that it would be holding store closure sales in all 815 UK stores from tomorrow (Thursday) and that “it is possible that some stores may close before the end of December” if deals with prospective buyers cannot be achieved.
Update - Some other local bloggers have been posting on Woolworths' demise. Lord Belmont has been wondering about the vultures that are circling, while Russell doesn't blame Woolworths' collapse on the recession and states that "the face of retail is changing and only time will tell if it is for the better".