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Shoppers say final farewell to good old Woolworths

PUBLISHED: 15:53 22 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:28 11 August 2010

BARGAIN hunters bid farewell to one of the nation s most prominent stores as they swept the aisles in a massive closing down sale. Shoppers at Woolworths in East Street, Barking, joined into the shopping spree after the high street retailer announced it w

BARGAIN hunters bid farewell to one of the nation's most prominent stores as they swept the aisles in a massive closing down sale.

Shoppers at Woolworths in East Street, Barking, joined into the shopping spree after the high street retailer announced it was going into administration at the end of last month and launched its closing down sale.

Tens of thousands of staff in over 800 stores are now facing redundancy unless a buyer is found.

The price reductions sparked a shopping frenzy which led to Woolworths' best sales day to date last Thursday (December 11).

On Friday, children's jackets had been reduced to half price, from £20 to £10, tubs of chocolates were reduced by ten percent, Christmas crackers were 30 percent cheaper than before the sale and a £3 tinned Christmas candle could be picked up for £1,50.

Rufina Best, of Longbridge Road, Barking, said: "I think it's a shame it's closing. You get all your bits and pieces.

"It's been for so long. It will be missed.

Anthony Dhir, 42, of Faircross Road, Barking, said: "Woolworths has been around for a hundred years and it's a very strong brand.

"It's part of my childhood and my earliest memories.

"For most kids of my generation the first experience of shopping was in Woolworths.

"People say it's lost its place but I don't think so. It still caters for everybody's needs."

Amanda Mcgahan, 25, of Cooke Street, Barking, said: "It's really empty now, there's only stuff that nobody wants.

"It will be interesting to see when it closes down what comes in here next.

"I think Barking needs a revamp - there are no decent shops.


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