I popped into Woolworths when I was in Wokingham at lunchtime, just to see what was happening.
As just about everyone in the UK knows, Woolworths â€“ a retailing institution known as Woolies â€“ will close the doors on all its 800+ stores around the country by January 5th 2009 with the consequent loss of over 27,000 jobs.
The Wokingham Woolies closes this Saturday December 27, according to the girl I spoke to on the checkout till.
Although I rarely shop at Woolies â€“ I go into a store literally once a year, at about Christmas time, looking for pick â€™nâ€™ mix bargains â€“ itâ€™s a company that you so associate with the average High Street scene that it comes as a little shock to think that its facade of cheap-and-cheerfulness will no longer be there in just a few short weeks on High Streets up and down the land.
Indeed, itâ€™s really quite sad that the closure of Woolworths happens just a few months before the centenary of the opening of the first British store, in Liverpool in 1909.
Thatâ€™s a recession and market forces for you.